Can you help identify this tree?

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A friend gave me these trees about five years ago. Each was in a small plastic pot. I transferred them to this bonsai pot about three years ago, and the trees have been doing well ... I think. The problem is, I don't know what they are.

The leaves are about an inch long, a little stiff, and sticky. The roots grow from a disk-like pod or seed that's around an inch in diameter. It's not a terribly full tree, but I don't know if that's the species or the care. (It stays inside near a north-facing window, gets watered twice/week and fertilized once/month.) I'm also not sure how to cut it or train it, since I'm not sure what it is. (Ignore the small white flowers at the base. They're just decorative.)

Can anyone help?

Thanks.
 

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I am pretty sure it is Solanaceae, but it does have Ficus Benjamina traits. I belive you may have a hybrid Solanaceae Benjamina ;)
 
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Were it poison sumac, I'm pretty sure I'd know by now, so, although funny, I'm going to cross that one off the list of possibilities. From what I can see online, it does look more like a Ficus Benjamina than a Solanaceae Benjamina. So I'm going to go with that (until I break out in itchy hives.)

That said, would a Ficus Benjamina have those large pod-like seeds below the trees?

Thank you!
 

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That said, would a Ficus Benjamina have those large pod-like seeds below the trees?
Ok, no more joking around :)

No, ficus benjamina will not have large pod-like seeds. Ficus is Latin for "fig", so what you have is a group of tropical fig trees. They don't always fruit (I have some that have gone years without fruiting) but when they do fruit, the figs are small and round and about the size of a large pea. They remind me more of berries than figs.

Ficus benjamina fruit.jpg
 
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The large nut/pod-like thing is in the roots, not on the branches. From the photos I've seen, it does appear to be a ficus benjamina. I'd have to dig it up to get a photo of the roots.

As for the tropical weather, that shouldn't be a problem at all, seeing as how I live in the tropics of Maine.

Thanks, everyone, for your help.
 
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Okay, these look a little different than I remember from two years ago. They're just fat roots ... or something. They're all bent because they are growing into the bottom of the pot. Ficus Benjamina?

I'm getting ready to repot them so the largest tree is closer to one end, with the other two near it. Essentially, they'll all be on one half of the pot.

I'm open to any ideas on pruning and repotting.

Thanks, all.
 

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