Common Wild Fig
Also known as
Wild Fig, Chinese Banyan, Small Figtree, Bark Cloth Fig, Burkis Fig, Peters Fig, Strangler Fig
Not applicable - nature uses most of the fruit as they ripen.
Common Wild Fig Overview
Ficus thonningii is a fast-growing tree in the Moraceae family. Well adapted for warmer regions with its shiny, dark green leaves that provide dense shade. It bears small, reddish figs that attract birds. This is a medium to large evergreen tree with dense leafy crown and smoothish, light to dark grey bark. It is one of the strangler figs, so-called for their habit of ‘strangling’ other plants as their roots and stems struggle to find nourishment and light in their original jungle habitat. Because they have aggressive root systems, they should not be planted in small gardens or near buildings, swimming pools or pathways.
Common problems with Common Wild Fig
Caterpillars of butterflies may also be problematic.
How to propagate Common Wild Fig
Cover whole fig lightly with soil.
Easily propagated from large cuttings. 20 - 30cm. This can be done throughout the year.
Special features of Common Wild Fig
This tree bears small green fruits which ripen into reddish figs, a treat to birds and wildlife.
Other uses of Common Wild Fig
The fruits and leaves are edible and provide a valuable source of nutrition.