Ficus deltoidea (Mistletoe Fig) is an evergreen tree native to the Malay Archipelago. It is often used for bonsai because of its interesting shape and ornamental foliage. It has waxy leaves and produces small nodules of fruit. Tiny inedible figs emerge year round and turn red before dropping. It can grow to a height of up to 20 ft, and can survive in semi-shade or full sun. It can also tolerate a wide range of soil types and is very flood tolerant, making it suitable for seaside areas. It is also tolerant of salt, making it ideal for coastal gardens.
In terms of care and maintenance, Ficus deltoidea requires moderate water and is best planted in rich, well-draining soil. It is recommended that fertilizer be applied in spring and summer. If planted in a pot, the soil should be kept slightly moist, as too much water can cause root rot. In colder regions, a pot should preferably be kept indoors and brought outdoors during milder months. It is important to note that this plant is not cold hardy and can be damaged by temperatures below 40F.
Ficus deltoidea can grow in USDA Zones 10-11 and is a great ornamental plant for any garden. With its low maintenance requirements, it is no wonder that this plant has become popular for both indoor and outdoor settings. Coupled with its tolerance for soils of varying types, salt and flood, this plant is a perfect choice for many gardeners.