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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 CharacteristicsContainer grown figs rarely produce fruit. Avoid contact with the sap, as it may irritate the skin.

CareChoose 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.

PropagationTake semi-ripe cuttings in spring or summer and use bottom heat to root them.

ProblemsThrips, scale insects, spider mites, root knot nematodes, mealybugs, leaf spots, crown gall, twig dieback, southern blight.

  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Uses : Containers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees

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