The ficus family is composed of hundreds of different species. As a houseplant, one of the most popular is the weeping fig (ficus benjamina). This very graceful plant has curving, slender branches with shiny, pointed dark green leaves. New emerging leaves are a very bright lime green. There are also attractive variegated forms that have white or yellowish blotches. Ficus benjamina can be grown as a small tree or as a multi-stemmed bush. Creative growers have added even more interest to this already beautiful plant with unusual techniques like braiding together the stems of three small seedlings or winding the stem of a young tree around a support, which results in a corkscrew-like trunk. Because the trunks of young trees are very flexible they tolerate this treatment with no ill effect.