I must admit that I have been contemplating this post for quite some time. To be honest, I have been hesitant about it because of people’s overwhelming affection for ficus trees (Ficus nitida).
At first, the benefits of planting a ficus tree are obvious. They are lush, beautiful and provide dense shade, which is sometimes scarce in the desert.
So what’s the problem with having a ficus tree?
Well there are a couple of things that you should be aware of before you plant a ficus tree.
First, is the fact that they do suffer frost damage in the low desert when temperatures dip below freezing. It can be worse when consecutive days of freezing temperatures occur.
|Frost-Damaged Ficus nitida|
|Ficus tree that had frost damaged branches removed.|
The second problem that sometimes occur when people don’t research how large ficus trees will become.
|Young Ficus Tree|
|Mature Ficus Tree|
By all means, buy one. Just know that you will have some winters where it will suffer frost damage and will look unsightly until new branches grow in.
|3 Sissoo Trees|