Ficus Microcarpa is very often confused with its F. microcarpa nitida, they differ markedly in growth habit and appearance. F. microcarpa grows at a moderate rate 8-10m high. The trunk is slim covered with smooth grey bark. The two have a weeping growth habit, a dense rounded crown and pendulous branches.
Leaves are thick and leathery oval with a blunt tip. F. microcarpa nitida is smaller in size. It has a more upright grown habit and is stiffer in form. The crown is more conical at the top. Foliage is dense and leaves are a clear lustrous green, similar size to those of F. microcarpa but stiffer and more pointed at base and apex.