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Burgundy Rubber Tree Care

The Rubber Tree is robust and dramatic, with large, glossy leaves. This striking plant is low-maintenance, durable, and can add eye-catching dimension to a well-lit corner!

How to care for your Burgundy Rubber Tree

Use these instructions to care for a Burgundy Rubber Tree. This guide will tell you how to water a Burgundy Rubber Tree; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Burgundy Rubber Tree


Your Ficus prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves.


Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.


As a native to the tropics, your Rubber Tree will appreciate you misting its leaves to increase humidity—especially when it gets very warm in the summer. Misting regularly also helps to keep mites (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves.


The Burgundy Rubber Tree enjoys average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.


Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.


Rubber Tree leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting. 


Ficus plants are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant around, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop. When pruning your plant, be careful of the milky latex substance that may leak out where cuts have occurred–this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

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What's a Burgundy Rubber Tree?

Botanical Classification: Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’


The Rubber Tree is a spectacular indoor plant with thick, glossy leaves. The leaves are deep green, and there are many other varieties available including some with red or even variegated foliage. The branches are strong and sturdy, but it doesn’t like change—so pick a bright spot and let it do its thing!

Native to the rainforests of India and South America, it can quickly adapt to common indoor temperatures. Given enough bright light, ample humidity, and with careful watering, your Rubber Tree will thrive in your home, filling the corner of a room within a few years

Fun Fact

The Rubber Tree can grow to over 100 feet tall in the wild!

Pictured Left: Burgundy Rubber Tree