Ficus Yellow Gem (Ficus Altissima)
Styled in Fergus Planter
The Ficus Alitssima 'Yellow Gem' is an attractive foliage plant that is native to South East Asian and some Pacific islands.
Compared to other pure green fig varieties, the Yellow Gem has absolutely stunning yellow variegation - colourful zones - on its foliage. It produces glossy, oval, thick green leaves with yellow zones on the edges. It is often sought after by plant collectors because of its beautiful variegation.
The trunk of Ficus Altissima develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor in the soil. It has deep burgundy glossy oval leaves which develop inside a sheath which will grow larger as the new leaf develops. The mature leaf will unfurl, dropping the sheath off the plant. As a large, evergreen fig tree, the Yellow Gem can grow up to 30m when grown outdoor in ideal conditions.
Botanical Name / Plant Group
Ficus Altissima / Moraceae
Size (Can grow to)
If potted, growth will slow. If planted in the ground outside then the Rubber Plant can become a 5-6 meter shrubby tree. When it matures outdoor over many years, it can grow up to 30 meters.
They grow well in a warm sunny position but don't like the scorching sun. Even though the Ficus 'Yellow Gem' is drought tolerant they do prefer humid tropical conditions.
Water with moderate amounts of water during the warmer months and only when you notice the soil starting to dry in the colder months.