Fiddle-leaf fig

Ficus lyrata

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Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
FY-kus ly-RAY-tah
Large, paddle-shaped leaves with prominent veins make this tree a standout in containers outdoors or as a houseplant. Native to topical regions of western and central Africa, fiddle-leaf fig has leathery, glossy, evergreen leaves and round fruit. In the wild, it can reach 100 feet tall and almost as wide, but its size is easily controlled in containers. It was a popular houseplant in the 1950s and 60s.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Container grown figs rarely produce fruit. Avoid contact with the sap, as it may irritate the skin.
Care:  Choose a sheltered spot in full sun to part shade with moist, well-drained, rich soil. Indoors, figs need plenty of light and moderate water. Plants may be pinched back when young to encourage branching.
Propagation:  Take semi-ripe cuttings in spring or summer and use bottom heat to root them.
Problems:  Thrips, scale insects, spider mites, root knot nematodes, mealybugs, leaf spots, crown gall, twig dieback, southern blight.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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