Weeping ficus or fig is one of the most popular houseplants found in homes, offices, and interior landscaping.
They are elegant and grow dense, glossy dark foliage, although, when stressed, it will shed its leaves easily.
It has slender branches that arch gracefully from a light gray trunk.
It is sometimes confused with Ficus microcarpa, which is actually less weepy and more upright.
Weeping fig is one of the best plants for improving air quality indoors.
It has one of the top removal rates of toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from contaminated indoor air.
Ficus benjamina is a tree reaching 30 metres (98 ft) tall in natural conditions, with gracefully drooping branchlets and glossy leaves 6–13 cm (2–5 in), oval with an acuminate tip.
The bark is light gray and smooth. The bark of young branches is brownish.
The widely spread, highly branching tree top often covers a diameter of 10 meters. It is a relatively small-leaved fig.
The changeable leaves are simple, entire and stalked. The petiole is 1 to 2.5 cm long.
The young foliage is light green and slightly wavy, the older leaves are green and smooth; the leaf blade is ovate to ovate-lanceolate with wedge-shaped to broadly rounded base and ends with a short dropper tip. The pale glossy to dull leaf blade is 5 to 12 cm long and 2 to 6 cm wide.
Near the leaf margins are yellow crystal cells ("cystolites").
The two membranous, deciduous stipules are not fused, lanceolate and 6 to 12 mm (rarely to 15 mm) long