Sounding like a member of People for The Ethical Treatment of Plants, Donald Trump said this;
"The City Council should be ashamed of its decision," Trump told the Daily Breeze of Torrance. "It's very sad that the town is willing to destroy this beautiful hedge. There's no plant as beautiful as the ficus."
I'm no ficus hater but I can think of a hundred plants off the top of my head that are more beautiful than the ficus. There are about 800 species in the Ficus genus and out of all of them there is only I do not like, Ficus benjamina. There's just something about her dust-collecting and temperamental ways that has placed her into the "plants I hate" category.
If you're ever looking to buy a ficus for your plant collection stay away from Ficus benjamina unless you like spending time dusting leaves and worrying about leaf loss when you look at it funny. Here are a three Ficuses that I think are worth adding to your houseplant collection.
Ficus buxifolia-A great Ficus with leaves that resemble the leaves of a boxwood. Even as a young plant it readily produces small fruits and has an interesting (old looking) bark texture.
Ficus carica- The silvery gray bark that you're familiar with but it has deeply serrated leave and it also produce fruit.
Ficus natalensis-Another ficus with an interesting bark texture. F natalensis will readily produce aerial roots so the trunk of this potted plant can look impressive after a few years. The leaves are flat and spatula shaped with a wavy or indented tip.
Ficus nerifolia-I don't think I've ever seen it set fruit but this Ficus has to be my favorite of them all. The narrow leaves of this ficus look like the leaves of a willow tree. Constant defoliation and bright sun will produce very small leaves which makes it a favorite of bonsai enthusiasts.
Ficus religiosa-The patron Ficus of smelly hippies, Feng Shui practitioners and sushi eating hipsters. This is the fig tree that according to legend Buddha sat below and had a revelation. I've owned this tree and sitting below it didn't do anything for me but I liked the heart shaped leaves and the little fruits it produced and have seen some fantastic bonsai specimens created with F religiosa.
I've not seen some of these plants for sale outside of a bonsai shop in years but if you can find one of them in your area or don't mind ordering plants on line I suggest buying one of these instead of F benjamina.