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These plants are native to places like southern and western Europe; eastern, southern and southwest Asia; Madagascar; Africa; Central and South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Most of the species are either sub-tropical or tropical. However, the frost-tolerant are only found in parts of Asia and Europe.
The common name of this plant is Ficus Iceland. These are evergreen shrubs and grow slowly. The leaves are a bit leathery and rounded to the lanceolate. There are mainly three species of these plants namely Eurasian species, Madagascar species, and American species.
It is easy to take care of these plants.
Well-drained soil must be provided and soil must retain moisture but overwatering may result into the decay of the plants.
Direct sunlight must be avoided as it may lead to leaves' scalding and it may also result in the loss of leaves.
Checking the top part of the layer is necessary as overwatering can decay the plants and if the top part of the soil remains wet, watering must be terminated.
If the top part of the soil is dry watering must be done immediately as these plants prefer moist soil.
These plants need well-drained and a bit loamy soil which can retain moisture in it as moisture enhances the growth of these plants.
The plant grows well in humus rich soil.
Bright but filtered or indirect light and lights which are variegated is good for these plants' growth.
Direct sunlight may result in drooping of the leaves while the average temperature preferred by the plant is from twenty degree Celsius to forty degree Celsius.
The peak time of blooming is the spring season.
Flowers are mostly inconspicuous and the plants are mainly grown so much because of their beautiful foliage.
The plants mainly grow from two feet to six feet in height.
Any kind of organic fertilizers can be applied for a better growth of these plants but fertilization must be done frequently to keep the plants green.
Mainly used for decorative purposes these plants are also used in making chess pieces and storage boxes.
The wood of this plant is also used in wood carving, woodcut blocks and are also used in woodblock printing.