Evergreen tree native to Australia and New Zealand, the austral ficus or ficus rubiginosa can reach 23-32.8feet/8-10 meters in height in the wild, but in container is kept within 6.5-9.8feet/2-3 meters, with fairly slow growth. It has an erect, thick and robust stem, with grey bark; in the part it develops usually numerous aerial roots; the foliage is wide, rounded, and the young branches are covered by a light down, as well as the apical shoots. The leaves are oval, rigid and leathery, dull green on the upper page, reddish-brown and slightly pubescent on the lower page. Throughout the year it produces flowers and fruits, shaped like small figs attached to the bark of the branches by a short petiole, are light green in color, turning yellow when ripe. This species of ficus is very appreciated as a houseplant, being more rustic than many other species of ficus
It can be invasive in small gardens due to an aggressive root system.