red-leaved rock fig

Ficus ingens

Rooiblaarvy (Afr.), Tshikululu (Venda), Umgonswane (Zulu), Umthombe (Xhosa), Mohlatsa (North Sotho), Motlhatsa (Tswana)

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The red-leaved fig is a semi-deciduous, shady tree or rock-splitter, and a beautiful specimen for a large rock garden, but because of its aggressive root- system, it is not recommended for small gardens. It can make a magnificent bonsai specimen or container plant-a showy tree in early spring with its red or coppery new leaves. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Special features

Attracts birds

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Moraceae

Credits

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by Marie Jordaan, National Herbarium, November 2005 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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