The Ficus Alii (Ficus maclellandii), commonly called the Banana leaf fig for the long and slender shape of its leaves, is a species native to southeastern Asia, India, and China. Easier to care for than its cousins — the Ficus Benjamina and the Fiddle Leaf Fig — the Ficus Alii is also less prone to dropping its leaves due to imperfect environmental conditions. This makes it a less intimidating, but no less dramatic looking, indoor tree.
Similar to most Ficus trees, the Alii should be placed where it will receive plenty of bright indirect light. It does not fare well with extended periods of direct sunlight, however, this plant will not tolerate low light conditions. Ideally, place it directly in an eastern facing window or a few feet removed from a southern or western facing window.
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**Ficus trees are one of the more finicky plants, when it comes to changes in environment, location, temperature, etc. They are known to be dramatic and lose up to half their leaves sometimes, simply from the shock of a change like moving from one place to another. Now, don't get me wrong- they usually bounce back just fine, but it is a rough and scary start for many people that aren't expecting it. Please keep this in mind when ordering this plant to be shipped.**