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March 2017 Plant of the Month – Ficus benjamina

ficus benjaminaFicus benjamina, commonly known as the weeping fig, is one of the most popular trees for growing indoors.  There are many cultivars of Ficus, with leaf colors ranging from lime green to almost black and variegated patterns of white and yellow.  With its graceful weeping branches and glossy leaves, the Ficus tree makes an attractive plant for interior spaces.  Ficus can be difficult to grow in the beginning, and they have been known to drop all their leaves if moved or exposed to dramatic temperature or light fluctuations.  Once established however, a Ficus can live a very long time and may outgrow its location. Commonly grown outdoors in the warm climates of Florida and Arizona, as well as Asia, Australia, and the West Indies, they can reach heights of 100 feet tall. 

You can see Ficus benjamina in various locations throughout the Airport, including the secure connector between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.  

Fun Fact:   Ficus trees have been shown to effectively remove indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.