Yellow Gem Ficus

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  • Large, Colorful Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 10 Feet

The Yellow Gem Ficus or Ficus altissima is all about foliage. This compact tree-like houseplant has broad, oval-shaped leaves with a rubbery texture. The foliage has a pronounced midrib and veining in yellow. The central part of the leaf is bright green, and the margins have variegated patches of light green. Increase the light exposure to deepen the green hues.

Best Locations For Growing Yellow Gem Ficus

This plant can grow rather tall, so an area needing lovely variegated greenery is a good spot. The Yellow Gem Ficus is not as particular about placement as other Ficus cultivars, but an east-facing window will typically provide good light. A spot with average humidity and a consistent temperature is also ideal. 

Yellow Gem Ficus Sunlight Requirements

Direct sunlight will help Yellow Gem develop stunning variegation, but this plant can only handle direct sunlight in limited quantities. Bright, direct light early in the morning is beneficial, but bright, indirect light is always a safe bet. Monitor the leaves for signs of scorching if the plant receives direct sunlight, and be prepared to move the plant if necessary.

Yellow Gem Ficus Care

This beauty likes warm conditions, approximating average room temperature. Avoid placement near areas that may experience temperature fluctuations, like near vents and exterior doors.

Watering Yellow Gem Ficus

Yellow Gem Ficus is more sensitive to overwatering than other members of the Ficus family. Keep the soil moist and water when the top few inches of soil are dry, but allow excess water to drain because this plant does not tolerate standing water. Depending on the conditions, this Ficus will need water about weekly during the growing season and less often during the winter. Unlike other Ficus varieties, Yellow Gem prefers average humidity.

Feeding Yellow Gem Ficus

Feed Yellow Gem Ficus once per month during the growing season. Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer will keep the plant looking full. This plant does not need to be fed when it is dormant.

Yellow Gem Ficus Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 10 feet
Mature Spread: 3-8 feet
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Bright Yellow Leaves Variegated with Patches Of Light and Dark Green
Temperature: Above 70 °F (Above 21 )
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Yellow Gem Ficus
Other Name(s): Lofty Fig, False Banyan, Council Tree
Scientific Name: Ficus altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Yellow Gem Ficus Show Reviews

  • 5
    It's an absolute gem indeed!

    Posted by Mary Simpson on Jun 14, 2023

    I'm loving the Yellow Gem Ficus and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cheerful and easy-to-care-for plant!