These popular tree are common in homes, shopping malls, lobbies and atriums. The biggest drawback is their dislike of being moved. Once happy, it is easy to grow. This ficus is excellent for the removal of indoor air pollutants, especially formaldehyde.
There are bright to dark-green leaved and variegated leaved species commonly available. Its common name is derived from its gracefully dropping branches. There are three types: the standard tree, the bush, and the braid. Leaf drop is common until it adjusts to its new environment. Older leaves naturally turn yellow and drop in the winter. Once acclimatized to its environment, it should thrive for years.
Family: Moraceae (fig)
Care: Keep soil most, but not soggy. Feed every two weeks during summer. It prefers to be potbound, so yearly repotting is not necessary.
Lighting: Full sun
Ideal Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)
Challenges: Scale insects and mealybugs. Root rot if overwatered.