A picture of a Florida Strangler

Florida Strangler

Ficus aurea

Also known as

Golden Fig, Strangler Fig, Fig

Photo by Judy Gallagher (CC BY 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

6m

1m

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Florida Strangler

A hand holding a green Ficus aurea leaf
A hand holding some green Ficus aurea leaves on a plant
A close up of a green Ficus aurea plant
A Ficus aurea tree in a forest
A Ficus aurea tree in a forest

Florida Strangler Overview

Ficus aurea is an evergreen perennial tree species from the Moraceae family. It is found growing naturally from southern Florida to the Caribbean and from Mexico to Central America. Leaves are variable in size and shape, often leathery and oval in shape, sometimes with heart-shaped bases, sometimes rounded. This plant produces non-showy enclosed flowers which are pollinated by specific wig wasps, leading onto pairs of fruits knwon as figs. They are coloured green during development and ripen to a yellow colour, measuring around 1cm across. Commonly known as the Florida Strangler, Golden Fig or Strangler Fig, these names refer to this plants golden fig fruits and scrambling habit, it climbs up other trees, often to their detriment.

Common problems with Florida Strangler

How to propagate Florida Strangler

Seed

Cuttings

Layering

Special features of Florida Strangler

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Florida Strangler

Grown for their foliage and for shade.

Traditional medicine

Live fencing

Ornamental

Bonsai