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Creeping Fig

Ficus Pumila  • 

Photo: Creeping Fig

General description

Ficus pumila (creeping fig or climbing fig) is a species of flowering plant in the mulberry family, native to East Asia (China, Japan, Vietnam) and naturalized in parts of the southeastern and south-central United States.

Ficus pumila is a woody evergreen vine, growing to 2.5–4 m (8 ft 2 in–13 ft 1 in). The juvenile foliage is much smaller and thinner than mature leaves produced as the plant ages. This plant requires the fig wasp Blastophaga pumilae for pollination, and is fed upon by larvaeof the butterfly Marpesia petreus.

As the common name, "creeping fig" indicates, the plant has a creeping/vining habit and is often used in gardens and landscapes where it covers the ground and climbs up trees and walls. It is not frost-hardy, and in temperate regions is often seen as a houseplant. It is fast-growing and requires little in the way of care.

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Properties

Height
1 - 400 cm
Color
Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Partial shade
Moisture
Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy