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Ficus elastica 'Schrijveriana' (v)

rubber plant 'Schrijveriana'

'Schrijveriana' is an evergreen tree to 4m or more, with broadly elliptic glossy dark green leaves, heavily marbled with grey and margined with creamy-white; stalks and midribs red beneath

Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver Red
Summer Green Grey Silver Red
Autumn Green Grey Silver Red
Winter Green Grey Silver Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Moraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
The foliage may cause mild stomach upset if ingested, the sap may irritate skin or aggravate allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Ficus can be evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers, with often leathery, simple, entire or lobed leaves and tiny flowers borne within a hollow receptacle which enlarges to form the fruit

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass or as a houseplant in a loam-based compost with added bark chippings, in full or filtered light. Water moderately during growth and apply a high nitrogen fertiliser every four weeks. Keep just moist over winter

Propagation

Propagate by air layering in spring or late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Glasshouse red spider mite, thrips, mealybugs and scale insects may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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