Krohn Conservatory Bonsai #11 - Ficus
- Ficus microcarpa
- Green Island
This tree was donated by longtime Bonsai Society members Mary and Joe Kayata in 1996. It is an informal upright style. The pot is Chinese, rectangular, glazed, green in color and is 4 inches deep.
Ficus microcarpa is native to tropical Asia, southern China, Taiwan, islands of the Western Pacific and Australia. Naturalized populations of this tree have been found in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Ventura counties, including on buildings, bridges, and other structures.
It is commonly used as an ornamental tree in most of Spain's Mediterranean coast, and in the Balearic and the Canary islands. Ficus microcarpa can also be found on the southern coast of Sicily, in Rhodes, and Cyprus.
The Ficus microcarpa with the thickest trunk is in Hawaii, at Keaau Village, Puna District, on the Big Island. Its main trunk is 28’ (8.5m) thick at breast height. It is also 195’ (59.4m) in limb spread.
Green Island Ficus can be susceptible to white fly, aphids, and scale insects. Treat with horticultural oil or malathion.