Ficus retusa is a rapidly-growing, rounded, broad-headed, evergreen shrub or tree that can reach 15mt or more in height with an equal spread. The smooth, light grey trunk is quite striking, can grow to around 1 mt in diameter, and it firmly supports the massively spreading canopy.
The glossy, dark green, leathery leaves are densely clothed on large, somewhat weeping branches and are usually infested with thrips. New growth, produced all year long, is a light rose to chartreuse color, giving the tree a lovely two-toned effect.
Ficus microcarpa (Indian laurel), sometimes classified a F. retusa variety as Ficus retusa var. nitida, also known as Banyan Fig, Taiwan Ficus, Ginseng Ficus, also native to Malesia floristic region and Indochina floristic region, and the Indomalaya ecozone.
The tree has small, dark green leaves which alternate up the stem and which are oval. It has a gray to reddish bark dotted with small, horizontal flecks, called lenticels, and are used by woody plant species for supplementary gas exchange through the bark. It is considered one of the easiest trees to keep as a Bonsai.