Weeping Fig, Ficus, Benjamin Tree


Hazard Information

Route: Skin  Plant Part: Sap

Scale: Low

Itching skin



Common Name(s)

Weeping Fig


Benjamin Tree

Latin Name

Ficus benjamina



In tropical latitudes, the Weeping Fig makes a very large and stately tree for parks and other urban situations, such as wide roads. It is often cultivated for this purpose.

Roots grow rapidly invading gardens, growing under and lifting sidewalks, patios, and driveways. The leaves are very sensitive to small changes in light and highly sensitive to cold. When it is re-located it reacts by dropping many of its leaves and replacing them with new leaves adapted to the new light intensity.



Milky sap in their leaves and stems that is toxic.


Itching skin with puffed-up effect. Treatable using allergy medication administered by a doctor.

Flowering Period



Warm areas, many of its 800 species are cultivated indoors.

Tolerance of poor growing conditions; it does best under bright, sunny conditions but will also tolerate considerable shade