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Ficus pumila (Creeping fig)

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Plant description

ficus pumila creeping fig 1

ficus pumila creeping fig 2

Ficus pumila, the creeping fig, is a woody evergreen vine which self suckers onto walls and fences to create a dense and fine leafed covering. It has small leaves, but as it ages it will develop larger leaves as well. It can become a problem in warm areas where it can become somewhat too enthusiastic to invasive, and care should be taken on house walls where it may damage brickwork. Like most figs, the roots can be invasive as well, and can lift paths and get into drains.  It is a hardy plant, and does well in most soil types in sun to shade. It can be container grown, and can be used indoors. It can also be used for topiary work.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 8 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 8 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Sand: wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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