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Wild Fig

Ficus thonningii

Also known as

Strangler Fig, Wildevy (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°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.

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 Wild Fig

Caterpillars of butterflies may also be problematic.

How to propagate 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 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 Wild Fig

Edible

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