Interestingly enough, this plant's aerial roots have been used to construct bridges in Northeastern India during their monsoon season. While the root is still alive and the tree is thriving, Indians hollow out an Areca nut tree and place the root inside the trunk. This guides the Ficus roots to the other side of the river until its roots hit the soil. Over time, the Areca trunk rots, and the Ficus root thickens to make a usable walking bridge! Ingenuity at its best!
Care Level: I'm Easy
Pet Friendly: Warning
Mildly toxic to humans, pets, cats and dogs.
Cousin to one of today's most popular houseplant: the Fiddle-leaf fig.
It gets its name (Rubber Plant/Rubber Tree) from the milky white latex it produces.