Golden Gate (Tiger Bark) Ficus -Indoor Bonsai Tree
The Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai, sometimes also called the "tiger bark" Ficus, is a perennial favorite among Bonsai lovers. The Golden Gate hails from China and has been used in Bonsai for centuries. It is a gorgeous tree, and it is also extremely hardy and tolerant of mistakes in care, making it a great tree for Bonsai beginners to learn on. Plus, it is also very fast-growing. This means you will have to transplant it more often, but you will not have to wait years to see your training efforts pay off!
The Golden Gate Ficus, like most Ficus trees, symbolizes unity, simplicity, new beginnings, and harmony with nature. This makes it popular as a gift for newlyweds, new homeowners, and families expecting children. In addition, it is believed to enhance the mood of a room and is sometimes referred to as a "cheerful tree" due to the joy it brings to its owners.
Get To Know Your New Golden Gate Ficus
The Ficus typically has a single thick trunk, which is trainable. It is best to start from an early age, before the trunk becomes too thick, although Golden Gate Ficus of all ages are still trainable. The older trees we sell have typically already been wired and trained by our in-house experts to create a twisted look, so you will get a head start in shaping it.
The trunk also has one of its most eye-catching features: the bark is typically brown grey, but with white stripes, which is why it is sometimes called a "tiger bark" tree.
Its evergreen leaves are small, glossy, and leathery, and range from dark green to greenish yellow. Depending on how you trim it, it could have a lush canopy, or smaller and more sparse clumps of leaves extending from the main trunk. The Golden Gate Ficus will be happy either way!
The Golden Gate Ficus is best kept at a temperature between 65-75°F (18-25°C). It can be damaged by either hot or cold temperatures outside that range, although cold is more dangerous. This is an indoor tree, although it may benefit from time outdoors in the summer.
Otherwise, it should be kept moist with watering, and never be allowed to dry out entirely. The Golden Gate Ficus also loves fertilizer and will grow even more quickly in nutrient-rich soil. Use more nitrogen in the summer, less in the winter. It is very hardy overall, though, so even a neglectful owner should still be able to keep it alive.
Finally, one warning: the Ficus is poisonous. No part of it should be eaten, and it can potentially be fatal to small animals. Cats may be tempted to nibble on it. If you have small animals in your house, you should always keep your Golden Gate Ficus out of their reach.
- Petite Golden Gate Ficus - 4 Years Old, 6 - 10" Tall
- Small Golden Gate Ficus - 6 Years Old, 8-12" Tall
- Medium Golden Gate Ficus - 10 Years Old, 12-16" Tall
- Large Golden Gate Ficus - 15 Years Old, 16-20" Tall
Important Shipping Guidelines:
- We cannot ship to a FPO, APO, P.O. Box or to locations in Alaska, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii or anywhere internationally.
- All Bonsai are shipped direct from the nursery and may ship separately from other items purchased via the Bonsai Outlet.
- Most Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.
- If extreme weather is expected, we may delay shipping your Bonsai tree to guarantee a healthy arrival; in such a case we will contact you. We are shipping living trees and must be conscious of the temperature conditions to the delivery address, as well as, while in transit. That said, we reserve the right to hold the tree(s) to guarantee a healthy delivery.
Will I Kill It?
Maybe, but probably not. Kids and pets are much harder to keep alive, so if you’ve ever had one of them you’ll be fine. Most Bonsai we sell need little more than sun & water.
Are there specific Care Guides available for each species?
Yes there are, and you can find them HERE
When will my Bonsai ship?
We ship daily. However, trees to the west coast ship on Mondays or Tuesday to avoid being held in-transit over the weekend. Shipments of Trees are released on Mondays and Tuesdays only to avoid being held in-transit over weekends.
Can I track my Bonsai?
Yes, once your Bonsai ships you’ll get an email with a FedEx tracking number that you’ll be able to use on their website to see exactly when your tree will arrive.
Do I need anything else to start an adventure in Bonsai?
Your Bonsai will arrive potted in a ceramic Bonsai pot that will compliment your tree and right off the bat that’s all you’ll need. If you’re looking for the basics beyond that, a Starter Kit and Humidity Tray are an excellent place to start.