Ficus deltoidea (Small round leaf, reddish orange undersides)
Mistletoe fig makes an excellent houseplant and loves to be in a pot. This species naturally grows on rocks or tree branches and thus unlike many other figs, it is used to having a smaller space for its roots. It needs good drainage, bright light and occasional watering.
There are many forms of Ficus deltoidea, varying widely in leaf shape, plant habit and fig size and shape.
The 'small round leaf/reddish-orange undersides' form has small rounded leaves with distinctive reddish-orange undersides. The leaves are dark green above and tend to retain good underside color and their flat appearance even under lower light conditions (many small leaf forms become more cupped and tend to have less underside color with lower light). However, the leaves become larger under lower light. It also has charming tiny orange spherical figs and an upright elegantly-branched habit. It can be pruned to size and kept small easily, but can also grow into a specimen 3-4 ft high x 2 ft wide. (Pot size: 1.5 gallon)