The Majestic Indoor Giant

Say hello to Ficus microcarpa, a plant that's no stranger to standing out in the crowd. Known by many names such as the Chinese banyan, Indian Laurel, and Curtain fig, this plant is a true spectacle of nature.

Ficus microcarpa

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Ficus microcarpa

Ficus microcarpa is a towering beauty, reaching heights of 50 to 100 feet and spreading out to a width of 20 to 33 feet. Its verdant leaves are a sight to behold, creating a lush canopy that's a feast for the eyes. But the real showstopper comes in the form of its flowers. They bloom in a delightful mix of lemon and lime hues, adding a pop of color to the greenery. And let's not forget about the fruits! They come in a variety of colors, including umber, lime, and scarlet, adding an extra layer of visual interest to this already stunning plant.

Did you know that the Ficus microcarpa is also known as the 'Curtain fig'? This is because of its unique growth habit where it often forms curtain-like aerial roots!

Also known as

Chinese banyan
Curtain fig
Hill's weeping fig
Indian Laurel
Indian laurel fig
Indian laurel tree
Laurel fig
Malay banyan
Small-fruit fig

Our design recommendations

The Ficus microcarpa is not just a pretty face. It's also a versatile addition to any garden design. It can serve as a shelter tree, providing shade and protection to smaller plants. It can also be used as an undergrowth tree, adding depth and dimension to your garden. And the best part? It's also a popular choice for indoor plants, making it a great option for those who want to bring a bit of the outdoors inside their homes. This plant is a great choice for planters, especially if you want to make a bold statement. It's also a popular choice for indoor plants, thanks to its adaptability and low-maintenance nature.