Golden Gate Ficus
Botanical name: Ficus microcarpa 'Golden Gate'
Golden Gate Ficus bonsai, like all other Ficus varieties, require warm and humid environments to thrive. The Golden Gate Ficus is grown for the attractive gray trunk that they produce. This species grows a thick, sturdy trunk to compliment the shiny green leaves. The gray trunk is also accented with white stripes, giving it the nickname “Tiger Stripe Ficus”. This bonsai also grows extremely quickly, making it the ideal bonsai for beginners.
During the summer you can place this tree outside to cut back on maintenance and provide ideal conditions. Bonsai trees should never be placed in full sun, and should be place in partly shady area. In the winter they need to be brought inside once the temperatures start dropping below 50 degrees. Like most other tropical bonsai it's very important to water daily.