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PlantFiles: Rubber Tree
Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: elastica (ee-LASS-tih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jayekimberly On Jun 28, 2013, Jayekimberly from North De Land, FL wrote:

I bought this plant a couple of months ago and it has really taken off but it seems "Top Heavy" to me. it falls over all of the time. I have it in a pretty big pot on my porch so the whole pot doesn't fall over just the plant itself. I don't know what to do, I now have it leaning against my railing just to keep it together. can anyone give me some suggestions? Thank you!

Positive jordankittyjo On Aug 17, 2007, jordankittyjo from Bessemer, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

does any one know if i just stick my cuttings into soil, or root themin water? any feed back would be helpful

Positive dragonl On Jan 26, 2007, dragonl from Fountain, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I purchased this plant 01-25-07. The label only stated Robusta/Burgandy. Since searching this site, I've learned it is a rubber tree burandy. It's in a 6 inch pot with a lot of roots showing. Should I repot.

Positive redtailfox3 On Aug 10, 2006, redtailfox3 from Fort Pierce, FL wrote:

This is the first time I've tried this plant,so far it has done fine,will let you know in couple months.It can stand a lot sunshine.It has been in 90'sjuly,august

Positive basilio On May 9, 2006, basilio from Athens
Greece (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is an extremely hardy plant, that can tolerate very low tempetatures and a certain amount of frost, although a long period of time under such conditions can cause some damage to the plant (leaves will probably fall under severe frost, but the plant is likely to recover later). It is one of the most popular outdoors plants in Greece (zones ranging between 7a and 9b) and it can be seen growing happily in pots, in thousand of balconies and yards and occasionally, producing massive trees if planted in the ground and given some years. In the center of Athens there is a huge Ruber Tree squeezed between two buildings, that must be at least 60 ft. high and trully awsome. Although snow is not very common in the city, every now and then trees and plants can be covered by it for a few hours or even days (well, this is quite unusual), but most of the rubber trees don't seem to be particularly bothered. It can also tolerate strong winds and coastal conditions and is equally comfortable in shade or under full sun (except if it's a really young plant). It's very resistant to dry conditions and can survive very harsh droughts, but naturally will thrive with plenty of water, especially if the weather gets really hot (common thing during greek summer).
Overall, I would say that it's one of the most adaptable plants and indeed very easy and friendly to every gardener.

Positive Anikke On Mar 3, 2006, Anikke from adelaide
Australia wrote:

This plant grows well in containers at the edge of a verandah where it recieves full sun until noon in Adelaide, South Australia.

Positive kayma On Jul 5, 2005, kayma from Bradenton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Have a 20' tree next to our pool cage. Grows like a weed! Have started several new plants from cuttings. Very hardy in our area (9b) as there are several growing in the wild.

Positive amorning1 On Oct 28, 2003, amorning1 from Islamorada, FL wrote:

I have seen one growing robust like a champ in zone 9A. Growing wild on the sunny side of a building. Its about 8ft tall! Needless to say I was suprised to see it that far north. Many experts keep telling me the same "Its all about micro climate." What determines a plant's ability to withstand cold is thier molecular cell's ability to expand and contract with the hot and cold without bursting.

Positive House On Aug 23, 2003, House from London, KY wrote:

A beautiful tree, mine gets close to 9 feet before it breaks. Readily roots. A little 'leaf shine' will enhance the look of the plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bessemer, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Encinitas, California
Hayward, California
Pasadena, California
San Anselmo, California
Temecula, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Bradenton, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Deland, Florida
Edgewater, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Hialeah, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Venice, Florida
New Albin, Iowa
Chalmette, Louisiana
Vacherie, Louisiana
Richmond, Maine
Picayune, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Edgewood, New Mexico
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Memphis, Tennessee
Baytown, Texas
Deer Park, Texas

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