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Common Wild Fig

Ficus thonningii

Also known as

Wild Fig, Chinese Banyan, Small Figtree, Bark Cloth Fig, Burkis Fig, Peters Fig, Strangler Fig

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

20m

5m

Min

5m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Seed

Cover whole fig lightly with soil.

Cuttings

Easily propagated from large cuttings. 20 - 30cm. This can be done throughout the year.

Special features of Common Wild Fig

Drought resistant

Attracts birds

This tree bears small green fruits which ripen into reddish figs, a treat to birds and wildlife.

Other uses of Common Wild Fig

Edible

The fruits and leaves are edible and provide a valuable source of nutrition.