Description for Chinese Banyan, Ficus Microcarpa Nitida (Retusa)
It is an evergreen tree to 15 m or more in height, with a rounded dense crown, smooth gray bark, milky sap, and long, thin, dangling aerial roots. Leaves alternate, simple, leathery, deep glossy green, oval-elliptic to diamond-shaped. Flowers tiny, unisexual, numerous, hidden within the â€œfig,â€ a fleshy, specialized receptacle that develops into multiple fruits.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Chinese Banyan, Indian laurel, shining leaved fig, Malayan banyan, Taiwan banyan, curtain fig, gajumaru||Orange||March-May||Up to 50 feet||Very easy to grow|
Planting and care
The plant performs best in big size containers.
|Full sun, Partial sun||Loamy soil||Medium||20 to 40 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Chinese Banyan
- Mulch with an organic material, such as dry grass clippings, straw, aged manure, or a mixture of these.
Typical uses of Chinese Banyan
Special features: It is an evergreen tree.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: Good to keep inside homes and terraces.
Medicinal use: It is found to have good healing property and is used in preparation of oils and ointments for external application in the treatment of ulcers.
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