Commonly Known As:
  • Ficus elastica Burgundy,
  • burgundy rubber plant,
  • Abidjan,
  • black prince

Ficus elastica, also known as India Rubber plant or India Rubber Fig, is native to the tropical rain forests of Malaysia, South America and India. In its native environment it can grow up to 100 ft tall, but for the common house plant its range is usually around one to eight feet in height. The Rubber Tree received its name from the white sap that oozes from its leaves and stems which has been used to produce rubber since the early 1900s. Burgundy is a cultivar of Ficus elastica. Burgundy has a sturdy, tree-like stem with dark green and burgundy-tinted oval leaves which are thicker than other house plants and have a beautiful natural shine.

  • light

    The Burgundy houseplant grows best with bright, indirect light to keep its rich dark leaf color. That means a few feet away from a bright window, filtered by thin curtains or blinds. Do not expose to direct sunlight or the leaves may "burn."

  • water

    We suggest watering the Burgundy once a week allowing the soil to drain and dry. The Burgundy can tolerate a few missed waterings, however it is less tolerant to over watering which can lead to root rot.

  • temperature

    Plants like the Ficus Burgundy prefer temperatures of 65⁰F to 85F⁰. Avoid sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts as it may cause it to drop a few leaves. Do not expose to temperatures below 39F⁰.

  • fertilizer

    Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer to your Burgundy at half strength once every 1 - 3 months and watch your Burgundy plant grow.

    Plant Facts
  • The Burgundy Color: Interestingly enough, bright light helps enhance the plant’s deep burgundy color.

  • Can Grow Tall: In the wild, the Burgundy Rubber Tree can grow up to about 100 feet tall. Luckily, it only grows about 1 – 8 feet indoors as a beautiful decorative plant.

  • Not THE Rubber Tree: Although Ficus elastica is part of the rubber plant family, yielding an elastic white latex formerly used to make rubber, it should not be confused with the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), the main natural source of latex for rubber making.

  • Native to tropical rainforests of Malaysia, South America and India

  • Difficulty level: Moderate

  • As with most tropical plants, Burgundy is toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.

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