ع

Riyadh Plants

Shrubs (Sub-shrubs)

Arabic Name

الغار الصيني، الباندا

Latin Name

Ficus microcarpa ’Panda’ , Moraceae

English Name

Chinese Laurel Fig

الغار الصيني، الباندا

This Ficus is a curiosity in that it is usually grown commercially as a bonsai tree. It was first seen in containers in Arriyadh nurseries and has been planted outside shops and restaurant windows principally because it grows compactly and can easily be pruned to shape. Often available in a spherical shape on a stem, F. panda shares all of the requirements of F. m. var. nitida, and the same applies to its ability to withstand frost and sun. It has light, almost round, thick leaves, which alternate up the stem and a brown to reddish bark dotted with small horizontal flecks. It can be propagated easily from cuttings. It suffers from several diseases, including black fly, scale, thrips and eelworm, as well as fungus and rot. Probably a variety of Ficus microcarpa, it seems to have originated in nurseries catering for indoor plants and was then exported to nurseries in the Gulf States, where it has thrived in the coastal climate and made an excellent hedge plant. In the US, two new forms of F. microcarpa entered the Florida trade in the mid 1970s (CE) under the names Ficus ‘Green Island’ and Ficus microcarpa var. crassifolia ‘Green Mound’. Both have been sold as Ficus ‘Panda’ or Ficus americana ‘Panda’ in Europe. They tend to spread out and are easy to train as a ground-hugging shrub. For best results, F. panda is best planted in a sheltered position, in the humid environment of a well-irrigated garden. F. panda is also a good screening or background shrub that needs almost no pruning to stay dense and trim.

الغار الصيني، الباندا الغار الصيني، الباندا الغار الصيني، الباندا
!

Pictures shared by visitors

General information

Moraceae Family Name : Moraceae
Tropical , Sub Tropical Origin: Tropical , Sub Tropical
Very Humid , Semi Humid , Semi Arid Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid , Semi Arid
Aerial Layering , Cuttings Propagation: Aerial Layering , Cuttings
High Maintenance: High

Environmental conditions

Resistant Urban Climate: Resistant
Vulnerable Desiccation: Vulnerable
Vulnerable Drought: Vulnerable
Medium Irrigation: Medium
Moderate < 3,000 ppm  Salinity: Moderate < 3,000 ppm
0°C  Hardiness Zones: 0°C

Plant shape

Fast Growing  Vigour: Fast Growing
Height Height: From 8 To 25 M
Expansion Expansion: From 8 To 20 M
Evergreen Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour Colour: Yellow Pale
Flowering Period Flowering Period: From Early April Till Late May

Fruit

Drupe(fleshy/juicy) Type Of Fruit: Drupe(fleshy/juicy)
Size Size: From 0.6 To 1 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Container Planting , Park Planting , Private Garden , Specimen , Wadi Farm Garden

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Screen , Attractive Shape , Topiary Plant