Ficus elastica or Rubber Tree Plant, originated in India and Malaysia and was once grown for the rubber that was produced from its sap. Today Rubber Trees are very popular indoor houseplants. A Rubber Tree Plant has 5”-12” large thick glossy leaves. Once damaged, the leaves of a Rubber Tree houseplant 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 Tree, a Rubber Tree Plant doesn’t like to be moved around and prefers constant temperatures. There are several varieties of Rubber Tree houseplants you can purchase: Burgundy Rubber Tree has reddish leaves, Tricolor Rubber Tree has grayish- green leaves with splashes of pink and cream, and the Doescheri Rubber Tree has green leaves and splashes of pale yellow or creamy white.
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