Ficus nitida (Indian Laurel Fig) is well known to Southern California residents. Thick dark green leaves cover the upright branches of this fast growing evergreen tree. It makes a superb street or lawn tree in frost-free areas. It also does well as a patio container plant. Thought it is commonly grown as a tree Ficus Nitida can also be managed into a large “screen” hedge. It’s perfect for providing year round privacy or to block unwanted views. When planted for this purpose it is important to provide at least 4 ft. to 10 ft. spacing for the ideal hedge. Then trim it up to as much as 10 ft. to 20 ft. tall.