Rubber tree
Ficus elastica 'Sylvia'

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

Category
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color

Bloom Characteristics

Water Requirements
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow
Suitable for growing in containers
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time
N/A

Foliage
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Variegated
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Rubbery-Textured
Leathery-Textured
Provides winter interest

Other details

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

Patent Information
Non-patented

Propagation Methods
From woody stem cuttings

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