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Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf fig)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Ficus lyrata FY-kus ly-RAY-tah Common Name: Fiddle-leaf fig
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.
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 Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees,Tropicals

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