Ficus Alii Plant

Ficus maclellandii Plant
Ficus Amstel Plant

The Ficus Alii plant, or Amstel King as it is sometimes called, is a large plant that originally came from Asia, Malaysia, and India. The Ficus Alii tree was first grown commercially in Hawaii where it got the Hawaiian name Alii which means “king.” Although a Ficus Alii is closely related to the Ficus Benjamina, the Alii variety is much more tolerant and forgiving. A Ficus Alii rarely sheds leaves, tolerates lower light, and allows you to move it around without going into shock. A Ficus Alii does grows about 25% slower than a Ficus Benjamina.

The leaves of  a Ficus Alii are quite different than those of the usual ficus trees we are familiar with. The leaves are medium green, long (3″-10”), narrow, willow-like, and thick. The newer King Alii ficus plants have wider leaves than the original Ficus Alii trees. New growth is a pretty reddish bronze color until the leaves mature to a natural green color. If you want a ficus tree in your home or office, a Ficus Alii is a great alternative to the finicky Ficus Benjamina.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants