About Rubber Plant
The rubber plant is an excellent addition to any home. These plants are considered easy-to-grow, low-maintenance plants that add a lot of bold, beautiful greenery. Vigorous houseplants with bright green and very large leaves, these popular plants purify the air and add positive feng shui.
The rubber plant gets its name from the thick, milky sap it produces that was used to make natural latex in the past.
It’s important to note that rubber plants can grow quite large and live 10 years or longer. So some long-term planning is necessary before bringing one home.
The scientific name for the rubber plant is Ficus elastica in the Moraceae family.
It is a tropical broadleaf evergreen tree with waxy leaves. It maintains its large green leaves year-round and rarely loses leaves. Interestingly, rubber plants do not grow new leaves from the bottom of the stem; new growth only appears from the top of the plant.
The natural habitat of the rubber tree plant is in the Amazon rainforests of South America. Over time, the plant was cultivated for growth in many other areas, including Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
The rubber plant leaves are glossy and leathery. A very large, oblong leaf, they are anywhere from 8-12 inches long and come in various colors ranging from dark green to deep maroon.
The rubber tree plant leaves can also be marked with yellow, pink, white or cream. The tricolor rubber plant has variegated leaves with green, cream and pink splotches.
During the growing season, a red sheath appears in the middle of the plant as new leaves grow from the center.
Types Of Rubber Plants
Ficus elastica Burgundy
Ficus elastica Decora
Ficus elastica Doescheri
Ficus elastica Robusta
Ficus elastica Ruby
Ficus elastica Sophia
Ficus elastica Tineke
Rubber Plant Styling
Rubber trees as indoor plants are best potted and displayed on a low table or floor since they grow so large. With the right growing conditions, rubber plants can grow to 10 feet, or taller. With their large, dark green leaves and majestic shape, these beauties make excellent statement pieces in an entryway, corner, or in front of a window.