The Ficus belongs to the Moraceae family and is native to the tropical regions of Asia, Africa and South America, but can also be found in parts of Australia and the Mediterranean.
The genus comprises approximately 750 species with different characteristics. For example, the Ficus lyrata has beautiful large leaves while the leaves of the Ficus microcarpa are very small. There are even species that are cultivated to produce a braided or twisted stem.
In the wild, these plants can become extremely old, some more than 500 years. With the right care, a Ficus can be enjoyed for many years.