He said that it forms showers of small white flowers which develop to small berries. Flowers in May.
Faintly reminds me of Sambucus (nigra) , but this has serrated leaves and lighter colour. I assume it is a cultivated tree but not 100% sure.
I think I have already identified the tree as Ficus nitida, though I am not 100% sure.
BTW - It was fiunny to read your comments!
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Nitida (street planting ficus) has more rounded leaves and they are not droopy.
No, RB- sorry but you are wrong
1. F. bejamina: The leaves are very shiny and pale green when young, dark glossy green and leathery when mature, with very glabrous surfaces. They are very dense arranged!
2. F. nitida is a wrong name and in fact it is Ficus microcarpa: Laurel Fig is often found in nurseries under different synonyms, and even similar patented cultivars like Ficus retusa “Green Gem” lead to confusion. Recently, the name Ficus thonningii was given to Ficus microcarpa as the newest name, but this does not seem to be acceptable. You are right: In Malta this popular ornamental tree is really beautiful and is used for landscaping and the comment made that this tree “is a place where spirits get together” really seems to be true...
As far as I can see from the pic I would prefer to say Ficus altissima (will the fruit aggregates come in red when ripening?). Are the undersides of the leaves rusty brownish? Then I would prefer to say Ficus rubiginosa. In fact, this pic could represent 10 other Ficus species grown in Malta- a very difficult genus which gaves me headache the last 2 years, but I desribed only 10 species
I just was sure it was not nitida/(insert name of the moment here )
Regds and welcome back to the forum!
The lower side of leaves where a bit paler from the upper but not red. I am not sure if this specimen photographed is actually F. nitida (or F. microcarpa) because my uncle intends a bit on trees and so he would reckognize it (I think!) On the other hand, I checked the leaves of the trees at Floriana / Valletta and where identical. So I do not know if the fruit is different and makes the tree to be different from F. nitida?
The street planting tree (nitida/whatever) has leaves that are more rounded and a more robust growth habit, generally closer spaced leaves, etc, not the benjamina-like spindly growth that the tree in your pic shows, which JP calls possibly altissima.
Sorry if was not clear before.
Did JP said that the leaves looks like F. microcarpa (F. nitida) or I got him wrong?
I saw these type of leaves on trees at Floriana to Valletta and I think that most street trees are the F. microcarpa (F. nitida). The leaves of Floriana had the same semi-glossy dark surface, and a cuspidate tip.
So on the "second count" of reading the posts are you/JP saying it is NOT F. microcarpa (F. nitida) but perhaps F. altissima.
In that case I am pretty sure that the latter is planted in streets at Floriana, from the leaf morphology.
And I also seen one naturalised in a valley (photos later if I have time) I think I have to add Ficus with the list of nightmare plants!
An aside, I seem to have the impression that what you have there does not like too much direct sunlight in Summer, I have a benjamina planted out in the open, sun from dawn to dusk, and in summer the leaves all go very yellow.
Nitida/whatever can germinate from seed but it's highly uncommon that it gets a chance, it is rather slow growing as a seedling so gets overcome by "weeds" . It is sometimes seeded around Valletta, you may find it growing in cracks in the walls and the like, there is one (small) one actually growing on the steps that lead from Victoria Gate, you need to look carefully.
RB, if you are by Valletta/Floriana, check a large tree that is situated somewhere between Chemimart (Floriana) and the street that leads to SPCA and there you should find a huge tree (like F. microcarpa/nitida) with the benjamina-like leaves, but maybe less cuspidate.
Will look out for the tree you mention, there are plenty "nitida" there on the main road, is it with these?
RB: Ficus nitida and F. microcarpa are the same plant (synonyms). It is not 'wrong' but some knows it in one name and others in the other. Same as Palaeocyanus and Cheirolophus; Chiliadenus and Jasonia, Bituminaria and Psoralea . . . .
No, MWP, exactly this is the problem:
F. nitida is in fact a wrong name because it is not a true synonym but was misapplied for both (F. benjamina and F. microcarpa) F. retusa L. “Nitida” would be a correct one for F. microcarpa... (Let us forget the taxonomic details which are not so important)
As I said: Ficus is difficult and I did not say it is F. altissima- could be F. australis or another one. You need many details for an exact determination.
Fact seems to be that your pic is NOT microcarpa and NOT benjamina. Anyway: leaves vary and are not as important as the fruiting aggregates.
101% not australis, australis has larger leaves which are relatively wider. Don't ask, obviously I have 3 of - from a seedling (last year), through one in a large pot, to one which is already a medium size tree about 3m high by about 4m wide.jackpot wrote:MWP admin wrote
As I said: Ficus is difficult and I did not say it is F. altissima- could be F. australis or another one.
The leaves were in the range of 5-10cm long. I always ignored Ficuses until this post!
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Listen guys, today I was at Valley road, Msida, and there are those large trees (15m high or so) which RB calls them "Street Ficuses" and so logically Ficus microcarpa. Now I am near to 100% sure that the leaves are identical to my first post, that is slightly cuspidate but not as much as benjamina.
Is there two 'vars' of F. microcarpa one with acute apex and one with leaves like my pics? Remember that the one at Floriana was also the same type of leaves.