Benjamin fig


Benjamin fig, or weeping fig, is native to China, from India to New Guinea, northern Australia, and the Solomon Islands. It is cultivated for ornament, interior decoration, living fences, and to make bonsai. It reaches a height of 90 feet, with a trunk 2 feet in diameter which may be supplemented by aerial roots. The leaves are up to 3.5 inches long, lustrous, with a pointed apex and no basal lateral veins; a popular variety produces white-spotted leaves. Leaves and branches produce white latex when cut. Flowers are minute and develop within figs about three-eighths of an inch inch long that grow in pairs at the bases of the leaves. It flowers irregularly throughout the year. The generic name derives from an old name for Ficus carica, the species that produces the commercial fig. The species name derives from the tree's common name in India.

The photographed tree is one of four specimens planted at the entrance to the printing shop. There are two in large pots in front of the  Piñero Building and several small ones in front of the General Library, the chancellor’s house, and the racketball courts.

Ficus benjamina (Moraceae)