Carol Cloud Bailey
FICUS benjamina 'Monique' PP8637
Plant Common Name
Monique Fig, Weeping Fig
Ficus benjamina ‘Monique,’ a dark green-leaved weeping fig, is grown mostly as a houseplant. Generally, weeping fig is a very large evergreen tree native to the tropical areas of India, Asia, Australia, and Malaysia. The inconspicuous flowers bloom in spring and are followed by small fruit that may be orange, pink, or red, but rarely appear on interior plants. Cultivar ‘Monique’ has simple, stiff, sharply pointed, glossy, attractive leaves with wavy, scalloped margins.
Planted in warm, frost-free climates the weeping fig becomes a huge tree with invasive ground roots and spreading aerial branches. It is only suitable for very large gardens and parks. Weeping fig is also used extensively as a hedge. Wherever planted as a hedge or tree, weeping fig roots can invade water lines and lift pavement. In hurricane prone zones, weeping fig is very susceptible to falling during a storm. The pollinating wasp for weeping fig has not been found in the United States yet, but is on some Pacific Islands where weeping fig is now invading by seed.
A beautiful interior plant, weeping fig requires well-drained soil, even moisture and moderate to high light conditions. If a weeping fig is to be used as an interior specimen, be sure the plant is acclimatized which means the grower has subjected it to interior-like growing conditions before shipping to avoid shock. The most common complaint about weeping fig houseplants is dropped foliage. Any change in environment, light, temperature, location, even the heating or air conditioning coming on, causes weeping figs to drop their leaves. The good news is the leaves are quickly replaced and will stay put if conditions are corrected. The cultivar ‘Monique’ is more resistant to leaf drop than other weeping figs.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 10
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 15
H1, H2, 13, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
80'-200' / 24.4m - 61.0m
100'-125' / 30.5m - 38.1m
Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia, India, Melanesia, Australia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Houseplant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns