A quick glance of the Ficus green island and its glossy green leaves one could mistake the plant for a jade plant at home in a tropical garden.
Ficus Green Island Size and Growth
In its native regions, Ficus microcarpa can reach over twenty feet tall with a massive canopy.
The selected varieties commonly sold and cultivated in North America are a little smaller, reaching 8′ feet tall if left unattended.
The green island Ficus plant is typically grown as a low hedge or as a ground cover. The shape is managed by pruning to keep the Ficus at the desired height.
Some people keep it trimmed from an early age to maintain it as a small Japanese bonsai tree.
The Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’ features dense green foliage with small, rounded leaves. The glossy foliage is often used to help complement surrounding plants.
As a slow grower, the green island Ficus is easy to manage but the root system tends to spread quickly, which is why it shouldn’t be planted close to other vegetation or structures.
Flowering and Fragrance
The plant rarely flowers. It’s grown for its dense deep green glossy leaves, offering shade or helping to establish a perimeter.
Light and Temperature
The ficus is a tropical plant and thrives in warm, humid locations. It’s recommended for USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11.
In areas with dry or cool weather, green island Ficus should be grown indoors or moved indoors in the fall.