Also known as
Burtt Davy’S Fig, Veld Fig, Veldvy (Afr.), Rankvy (Afr.), Veldwildevy (Afr.), Uluzi, Umdendekwana
2 years to reach maturity
Fruit can be plucked to feed animals at any stage. Seeds can be harvested by drying the fig in the shade for a day.
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Scrambling Fig Overview
This small fig tree is indigenous to South Africa and can grow as a scrub, a free-standing tree or a creeper, depending on its location. Birds feast on the green figs. The Scrambling fig must be planted far away from pipes and buildings because of an aggressiveroot system. This tree grows well in a container and is most frequently grown as a bonsai. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.
Common problems with Scrambling Fig
Relative problem free.
Scrambling Fig Companion Plants
With such a strong root system it is best not to under plant these trees, as the competition for the other plants will be too strong.
How to propagate Scrambling Fig
Make cuttings in spring from softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings. Place the cutting in washed river sand until roots have formed. Cuttings should root in one month and can be replanted after 8 weeks.
Cut open the fig and dry in the shade for about one day. Sow the seeds in trays in early spring by grinding up the dry figs between your fingers. Store the trays in well-ventilated and well-lit areas.
Special features of Scrambling Fig
Birds like the mousebird, Green Pigeon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Sombre Bulbul and Black-collard Barbet love to feed on the ripe, small, green figs.
Scrambling fig can be grown in a container and is often grown as a bonsai.
Glossy green leaves.
Other uses of Scrambling Fig
Fibres from the roots and bark are used by the amaXhosa people to make a charm necklace called intambo.