Meet the Rubber Tree

From dark and dramatic to pastel-colored, Rubber Trees are a must-have in any plant collection. Learn more about these classic beauties and see our favorite ones. 

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About the Plant 

The Rubber Tree, Ficus Elastica, is part of the ficus family and is a native of Southeast Asia. There are over 850 different species in the ficus family, including the Rubber Tree’s cousin, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig. 

Rubber Trees are revered for their thick, oval-shaped leaves that can range from pale green to dark burgundy in color. Variegated varieties such as the Ficus Tineke and Ficus Ruby have foliage that is brightly colored in shades of pink, yellow, and red. In their natural habitat, they can grow up to 50-100’ tall in shaded areas.

These beauties are a long-time favorite among plant lovers, but please note they are not your pet’s best friend, so exercise caution when bringing them home. 

At Ansel and Ivy, we offer a variety of Rubber Trees to add to your collection. 

Plant Care

Although there are a variety of Rubber Trees with their own unique attributes, they are all similar in their basic care needs

Rubber Trees come from the tropics and prefer lots of bright indirect light and temperatures between 60 degrees to 77 degrees.

The biggest culprit to an unhappy Rubber Tree is inconsistent watering. Overwatering can cause the plant’s leaves to turn brown or yellow and under-watering can cause burned leaf tips or curling. Both can cause the plant to drop her leaves entirely. 

Rubber Trees prefer evenly damp soil, so it is important to water deeply and thoroughly, only when necessary. An easy way to know when it is time to water is when the first inch of soil has dried out completely. Once this happens, water the plant slowly from above, allowing the water to soak through the roots, then tip out any excess water. 

Take care to make note of how much light your plant is getting as the seasons change and adjust accordingly to ensure she receives 6-8 hours of bright indirect light a day. 

To keep your Rubber Trees leaves shiny, mist with water and wipe down or use a damp cloth. Avoid using commercial leaf shine sprays as this could clog the pores of the plant’s leaves, preventing her from absorbing necessary nutrients. 


Shop these assorted Rubber Trees on our site.

Rubber Tree
Ruby Rubber Tree
Yellow Rubber Tree