now- Ficus salicaria
Willow Leaf Ficus
Even though it is a tree of "uncertain provenance", it is the best ficus for bonsai training.
|Willow Leaf Ficus|
The name of this one, however, has long been a mystery. It has been sold as Ficus salicifolia, Ficus neriifolia, Ficus subulata and even Ficus mexicana among other names. Some of these are suitable epithets to describe the plant's narrow leaves, but, unfortunately the names belong to other species with much larger leaves and other characteristics that do not fit the bonsai species
by Jim Smith