Ficus Alii Plant
The Ficus Alii or Amstel King is a large houseplant that originally came from Asia, Malaysia, and India. It was first grown commercially in Hawaii where it got the Hawaiian name Alii which means “king.” Although it is closely related to the ficus benjamina, the Alii is much more tolerant and forgiving. It rarely sheds leaves, tolerates lower light, and allows you to move it around without going into shock. It does, however, grows about 25% slower than a Benjy.
The leaves of this plant are quite different than those of the usual ficus we are familiar with. Alii leaves are dark green, long (3-10”), narrow, willow-like, and thick. The newer King Alii has wider leaves than the original Alii. New growth is a pretty reddish bronze color until it matures to its natural green. This is a great alternative to a finicky benjamina.