This is a new ficus that is rapidly gaining in popularity. Its slender dark green leaves make it an extremely attractive plant. The ficus alii was imported to Hawaii from Thailand by Masuo Moriwaki, a Japanese plant collector. In the early 1980s, it was brought to South Florida and first sold commercially in the mid 1980s. It is much less finicky than the Ficus benjamina, and is appealing both to the interior plantscape industry and to the home market. There are three types: the standard tree, the bush, and the braids. Like all species of ficus, expect some leaf drop until the plant adjusts to its new location.
Family: Moraceae (fig)
Care: When using standard containers, water thoroughly, then allow to dry between waterings. Yellowing of leaves may indicate overwatering. In a sun-room or south-facing window, fertilize monthly. In darker settings, feed less often.
Lighting: Full sun
Ideal Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)
Challenges: Scale insects or mealybugs are possible but rare.