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Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

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Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) is native to south and southeast Asia and Australia. It is a topiary tree reaching 30 metres tall in natural conditions, with gracefully drooping branchlets and glossy leaves 6–13 cm long, oval with an acuminate tip. The leaves are very sensitive to small changes in light. When it is turned around or re-located it reacts by dropping many of its leaves and replacing them with new leaves adapted to the new light intensity.

Weeping Fig is a very popular house plant in temperate areas, due to its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions; it does best under bright, sunny conditions but will also tolerate considerable shade. It requires a moderate amount of watering in summer, and only enough to keep it from drying out in the winter. It does not need to be misted. The plant is sensitive to cold and should be protected from strong drafts. When grown indoors, it can grow too large for its situation, and may need drastic pruning or replacing.