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Council Tree

Ficus Altissima

$38.00 $48.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 6" to 8" W 12" to 16" H

The Council Tree (Ficus Altissima) is an evergreen tree that can grow 5-10' feet tall indoors. Its rich, velvet green leaves serve as a dramatic backdrop to the cream veins throughout the fuzzy surface of the leaf. In its native environment, it is one of the largest canopy trees in the world.

Plant - Council Tree (Ficus Altissima)
Plant - Council Tree (Ficus Altissima)

About Council Tree

The Ficus altissima originates as an epiphyte (an air plant) as it develops in another plant's branches. The aerial roots grow downward to form roots. Once established, it can grow to heights of 98 feet tall and 650 feet across, making it one of the world's most massive canopy trees.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Some care required

Pet Friendly: Warning

Can be toxic if ingested.


Pakistan and India

Fun Facts

It has been passed down in India that this tree was the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment and considered sacred. In its native environment it is one of the largest canopy trees in the world.

Plant - Council Tree (Ficus Altissima)

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Ficus Altissima Care Guide

  • High

    Indoors: Bright, indirect light Outdoors: Morning part shade (4-6 hours)

  • Medium

    Keep the soil consistently moist (but not soggy).

  • High

    Enjoys some extra humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 60 to 80

    The Ficus altissima prefers indoor temperatures above 70°F. Avoid any drafts from outside sources or air vents.

  • 10|11|12

    Outdoors in morning part sun (4-6 hours), where nights are above 60°F.

  • Monthly

    Add liquid fertilizer at a quarter strength when watering indoors during the growing season between spring and summer. Give it a rest during the winter months. Use a slow-release fertilizer during the growing season in the garden beds.

  • Yearly


    Repot the Ficus benghalensis in early spring before growth starts. Plant in a 2" bigger container in diameter and slightly deeper than the existing planter.

    Use an indoor container mix that is well-draining. Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball.

    Lift the plant and inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling. Trim up the side of the root ball so new roots will form.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage.

    Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Do not cover the current level of soil on the plant but add soil up to this level.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. Add more soil after watering if the soil settles.


    Before planting or repotting in a container, water the plant in the grower pot well.

    Find a spot in the garden where there are at least 4-6 part shade hours of direct sunlight each day with morning sun only. (Afternoon sun could burn the leaves.)

    Be generous by digging a hole twice the pot's width and 1 inch shorter than the grower pot to raise it above the soil level for good drainage.

    Use a pitchfork or a sharp object to stab the soil walls to make several indentions for the roots to take hold.

    Tickle the roots to loosen them if they wrap inside the container.

    Place the plant in the center of the hole.

    Fill the hole with water first, so the roots get another good drink.

    Next, backfill with native soil mixed with compost by one third to one half (if the native soil is clay).

    Add a rooting hormone fertilizer to this backfill mixture. Tamp the soil firmly down around the edges and mound up. Avoid covering the original soil level of the plant that was in the container.

    Add mulch as needed but not next to the stem or branches of the plant.

    Water lightly. Continue to observe the soil moisture each day, depending on the temperatures and soil drainage.

  • Monthly

    Gently wipe clean with a soft damp cloth or paper towel. Work gently from the stem's base toward the tip of the leaf doing both sides at once. After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil. At this time, keep a lookout for pests and treat or remove them. Refreshen soil mixture if needed.

    Use gloves to prune away dead, damaged, or diseased leaves down to the stem base with sterile scissors or a knife.

    To maintain its shape, prune the limbs during the winter season when it's in the resting mode. Cut back to right above a node to encourage branching and new growth in the spring.

  • Cuttings

    Take cuttings from healthy young non-woody stems and cut at least an inch below the leaf.

    Cut the leaf in half on the stem to remove part of it, giving more energy to produce roots.

    Dip the tip of the stem into a rooting hormone and set it into a damp propagation mix.

    Water a couple of times a week to keep the mixture moist but not soggy. Keep the cuttings in bright, indirect light out of breezes. The warmer the weather, the faster the roots will grow.

    After eight weeks, a stable root system should be developing, and new leaves will start emerging.

    Transplant these cuttings into an organic potting mix. Add a slow-release fertilizer and continue to let them grow.

    Once a healthy root system is created, transplant out into the landscape or a container pot.

    Take a week to harden off to acclimate them to the weather conditions.

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