A picture of a Swamp Fig

Swamp Fig

Ficus trichopoda

Also known as

Hippo Fig, Alufubu

Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

More images of Swamp Fig

Fruits of F. trichopoda.Copyright Geoff Nichols
Leaves and fruits. Copyright Geoff Nichols

Swamp Fig Overview

The swamp or hippo fig is the only indigenous fig species in the southern African region whose aerial roots develop into new stems like the banyan, Ficus benghalensis, of India. The rather romantic name of hippo fig originates from the coincidental co-occurrence of this tree and the hippopotamus in KwaZulu-Natal. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal.

Special features of Swamp Fig

Attracts birds

Wet sites