Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’
Green Island Fig
This species is native from Ceylon to India, southern China, Ryukyu Islands, Australia, and New Caledonia. It is not native to the United States, but it has gained a vigorous foothold in the southern US. It is rugged and does well as bonsai.
Identification: There is a great deal of confusion over several closely related Ficus species. This rather spirited article attempts to sort out several commonly confused species. This ficus is epiphitic, often serving as a host for other plants. Mature trees can reach 60' (18 m) in height, dangling many aerial roots. Leaves are orbicular, nearly round, with only a barely discernible tip. This distinguishes them from the variety Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia, which has obovate leaves. The fruits are figs, about ½" (1.3 cm) around, green, maturing to black.
Edibility: Technically fruits are edible, but not appealing.
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Ficus microcarpa ‘Green Island’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Dec 2016.
Range: Zones 9-11: