Ficus is one of the most well known tropical plants and this detailed report summarizes the common ficus names, a general description of the ficus genus, geography of the ficus variety, uses and types of artificial ficus.
Additional Ficus Names:
Fig, Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig or Benjamin's Fig), Ficus Lyrata (Fiddle-Leaf Fig), Alii, Ficus Elastica (Indian Rubber Plant), Ficus Carica (Common Fig), Ficus Sycamorus (Sycamore Fig), etc...
The genus Ficus belongs to the family Moraceae, and there are around 850 species of trees, shrubs, vines, etc... They are an important food resource for wildlife in the tropics, and in some cultures, they are highly important for places of worship and also for their many practical uses. There is evidence that 2 types of the Fig (Common Fig and Sycamore Fig) were among the first plant species that were deliberately bred for agriculture in areas throughout the Middle East, possibly starting more than 11,000 years ago. If this is true, the cultivation of the Ficus would precede the cultivation of grain by hundreds of years.
Creating artificial trees is an art, as shown in this time elapsed video of a Commercial Silk manufacturer creating an artificial Ficus tree. Our team of craftsmen are masters in their field and strive to create the most authentic and realistic silk trees in the industry. Fortunately, our craftsmen have over 40,000 square feet of studio-like warehouse space to perfect their art.
At the base of the tree, trunks and PVC collars are embedded into a reinforced container. For permanent installations, steel plates would be utilized.
The Ficus is a genre containing nearly 800 species and 2000 varieties of plants, ranging from woody evergreens to climbing plants, shrubs and vines that have existed for 60-80 million years. Throughout history, Ficus trees have been produced for food, religious and practical uses. Ancient Egyptians used the Ficus tree's soft wood to make some of the caskets for their mummies and the people of Uganda used the bark of the Ficus to make paper. The Ficus plants are grown in many different climates including tropical forests, the Middle East, Africa and in the United States.
The living Ficus tree is susceptible to insects, and fights environmental adaptations, and the health of the plant may be challenged with over/under watering. However, these battles are not applicable to replicated silk Ficus trees because they are manufactured with silk Ficus foliage.