Rubber Tree Plant

Ficus elastica
Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica or Rubber Tree Plant, originated in India and Malaysia and was once grown for the rubber produced from its sap. Today Rubber Trees are very popular indoor houseplants. It usually has 5”-12” large thick glossy leaves. Once damaged, the leaves cannot be trimmed and must be cut off. A Rubber Tree plant can be used as a small plant for the table, a full lush bush on the floor, or a ten- foot specimen tree in a room with tall ceilings. Like a Weeping Ficus , a Rubber Tree plant doesn’t like to be moved around and prefers constant temperatures. There are several varieties you can purchase: Burgundy Rubber trees have reddish leaves, Tricolor  has grayish- green leaves with splashes of pink and cream, and the Doescheri has green leaves with splashes of pale yellow or creamy white.

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