Ficus Nitida – Ficus ‘Indian Laurel’

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Ficus are probably the most popular privacy hedge used in Los Angeles and Southern California. They’re fast-growing, upright, and evergreen. This means they are green all year round. Plant them 2 – 3 feet apart in a row to create a full privacy hedge. Use Ficus to block a view, create a border, or even reduce noise. Ficus have very aggressive root systems, which is why they grow so fast. Be careful when planting near a wall or pavement, as they can possibly cause damage if allowed to grow large overtime. Although Ficus can grow over 30 feet tall, they are often kept much shorter, about 10- 15 feet tall.


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General Plant Information

Ficus Nitida Plant Information and Care

Ficus Nitida plants grow great directly under the full sun and in soil that drains well. Water newly planted ficus regularly, about twice per week until they are established. To create a clean formal hedge, use an electric trimmer to shape to the desired height.  Spring is the most important time to fertilize ficus plants. Use an all-purpose fertilizer, such as a granular, 15-15-15 NPK plant food. These slow release fertilizers often last for about 2 months. So reapply during the Spring and Summer growing season.

Ficus are best used to create a fast growing hedge. However, if you are concerned about their root system causing damage, there’s another hedging plant known as Ligustrum Japonica Texanum (Wax Leaf Privet). Ligustrum does not have invasive roots, and maybe more appropriate to grow large near concrete sidewalks and patios.


Size and Spacing

Hedges are generally planted 2 – 3 feet apart off-center.

Additional Information

Watering : Regular
Sun Exposure : Full Sun
Botanical Name : Ficus Nitida
Plant Type: Evergreen
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-10

Planting Information

Step One:

Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.

Step Two:

Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.

Step Three:

Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.

Plant Care Information

Limited Guarantee and Returns

Our plants are guaranteed to be true-to-name as labeled and in good condition when received. “Local pickup” means the customer will pick up at our nursery.  “Delivery” does NOT include planting, and customer must arrange to receive items once offloaded from our truck. Our driver may move items as a courtesy, but is not responsible for moving items further onto your property. Returns/Refunds are subject to a 10% restocking fee.


The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.

The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.

Pollination & Propagation

(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.