Ficus elastica ‘Shivereana Moonshine’

rubber tree
Pale lime green leaves are specked with dark flecks. Easy and durable, prune to size as the plant grows.
Ficus elastica 'Shivereana Moonshine'Ficus elastica 'Shivereana Moonshine'
height 6–50ft
width 6–50ft
tolerates Pots
When soil surface is dry.
This plant wants water when the top of the soil is dry, but you can still feel moisture just below the surface. This plant will often fall into a once-a-week watering cycle, but remember that your watering should be based on the moisture left in the soil, which will depend partly on the moisture in the room and the weather outside. The soil “surface”‘ goes a bit deeper for larger pots; for example, a plant in a 14-inch diameter pot should dry out a couple of inches deep before you water it, while a plant in a 4-inch pot will only want to dry out in the top ½ inch or so of soil.
exposure Bright Indirect – Direct Sun
drainage In Ground: Planting Mix, In Pots: Potting Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Hybrid
23, 24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Indoor Exposure Guide


Direct Sun
Beams of light hitting the plant near a window four or more hours a day. The most intense light. If you're in a direct sun spot, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Partial Direct
Occurs when you have a plant that is in less intense direct sunlight. This happens when a plant is in a few hours of direct morning sun, or an hour or less of direct afternoon sun. It also happens when a plant is in direct sun, but more than six feet from a window, where the light is diffused.

Bright Indirect
This is just beyond the direct beam of light (or through cracked blinds or a sheer curtain filtering direct sun). Bright indirect areas are characterized by a place where you can sit and read a novel comfortably without artificial light.

Moderate Indirect
Beyond the bright indirect light. In these areas you wouldn't turn on a light walking through the room, but if you were hanging out there you would probably have the lights on, even during the day.

Low Light
Dim spots, usually the backs of rooms or hallways where you would always turn lights on, even if just walking in to grab something.


Growing Notes

All ficus respond well to pruning, allowing even very large ficus to be maintained at a modest size. They do exude white sap, often containing latex, so if you have a latex allergy avoid the sap.
Pruning them consistently and keeping in a smaller pot will make the leaves proportionately smaller and help maintain the size of the plant. If a very small plant (in a six inch to one gallon pot) is desired remove the plant every three to five years and prune back the roots by one third. Repot in fresh potting soil.

Special Interest

Ficus make figs, which at first don’t seem to be flowers. The trick is that the flowers are on the inside of the fig, which is why many figs are hollow and so unusual inside. This plant is unlikely to make figs indoors, but you never know!

More Info

This cultivar of Ficus elastica has been grown as a houseplant and is intended to live indoors. That said, many Ficus elastica live quite happily outdoors in mild areas of California. Since this one is so new to us we are unsure if it will do well outdoors, or not. If you give it a try and succeed do let us know!