I Love Lucy Rubber tree.

Discussion in 'BIG LEAF TROPICALS' started by Stan, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    This is the OLD standard rubber tree. Not sold anymore. This 1950's home has this old TV shows favorite potted plant..even Gilligan's Island had the narrow leaf Ficus Elastica. A blast from the past.
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  2. bepah

    bepah Active Member

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    I remember these....
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Had a big one of these in our front yard as a kid. Why don't you see them anymore?
     
  4. bepah

    bepah Active Member

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    my guess is that next to the current F. elastica, it would not compare....
     
  5. Stan

    Stan Well-Known Member

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    Yep,thats it. F.elastic decora has flat leaves and many times almost black.
    I have seen larger then this in Oakland. No surprise around some Victorian/Queen Anne ( I guess) homes. One near a gas station around Macarthur is planted up against a wall espaliered- intentional or not- and has a nice 25-30' spread. Perfect for it.
     
  6. bepah

    bepah Active Member

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    My wife knows where they all went..:D

     
  7. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    They get extremely robust growers here with such a dense canopy that no other plants can thrive beneath them. Also the leaves are large, difficult to chop up for mulch or to rake up. The leaves also are resistant to composting readily. Basically they are considered a messy tree to maintain. After pruning, they grow back so fast. With all the work involved pruning a large tree, after a few cycles, the owner usually just eliminates the whole tree. You still see them ocassionally, usually left to do what they want - which is to become a monster.
     

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