Ficus microcarpa nitida ‘Green Gem’

Green Gem Ficus
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

30-40′ x 30-40′


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #15, 24″ Box

Natural Growth Habit

Rounding, Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

9, 13, 16-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderately fast-growing evergreen tree forming a large canopy to 30-40’ tall and wide. This attractive variety forms a dense, rounded canopy of lush, glossy foliage exhibiting light-green juvenile leaves contrasted against dark-green mature leaves. Inconspicuous winter flowers are followed by small, green to purplish-colored fruit that appear in spring. Considered by many to be the premier variety within its species, this vigorous selection is less susceptible to the Cuban Laurel Thrip, a leaf-distorting insect that plagues other species of Ficus. Robust by nature, this variety requires room to mature which should be considered when choosing a planting location. Tolerates coastal conditions and is well-suited as a dense shade or screening tree for parks, open areas or larger-sized landscapes. Prefers regular watering in a well-drained soil, and thrives in a full sun exposure. Deer resistant.

USDA Zone: 10B-11B
Sunset Zone: 9, 13, 16-24, H1, H2

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