Rubber plant

Ficus elastica; Ficus robusta

Why we love Robin

His shiny, thick leaves make him stand out, so he’s a great statement plant, especially in larger sizes. If you’ve got a bright room, he’ll love it.

Most light conditions
Almost unkillable
The patch promise

His leaves can get dusty, which will block his pores. Nobody likes a blocked pore, so gently wipe him with a soft, damp cloth when needed.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Ficus elastica


Rubber plant; Rubber tree; Rubber fig; Indian Rubber bush

Plant type


Air purifying


Plant height (including pot)

35-45cm; 90-100cm

Pet/baby safe

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

12cm; 27cm

About Rubber plants

The Rubber plant gets its name from the white latex coursing through its veins, which was once used to make rubber. Even its handsome, glossy leaves have a thick, rubber-like look.

In its native habitat in southern parts of Asia, this plant can grow as tall as 60 metres, with its trunk getting as thick as two metres in diameter. It won’t get anywhere near as lofty as that indoors, thankfully.

Give it all the care it needs - don’t forget it loves a regular misting - and you’ll be rewarded with a striking plant that will be a focal point in any room.

Did you know?

In parts of India, the Rubber tree’s incredibly strong roots have been trained to form ‘living bridges’ over small rivers.