Ficus pumila is a woody evergreen liana, growing to 8 ft 2 in ‚Äì 13 ft 1 in. It can grow up to 30‚Äì39 ft tall if it isn’t regularly pruned. The juvenile foliage is much smaller and thinner than mature leaves produced as the plant ages. The leaves are oval, cordate, asymmetrical, with opposite veins. It is creeping or can behave like a liana and also climb trees, rocks, etc. up to 4 m in height or more. The aerial roots secrete a translucent latex that hardens on drying, allowing the sticks to adhere to their support.
Creeping fig forms lacy patterns on walls and fences. Here in the garden district, it a mainstay of our older brick homes.
You will receive one well rooted full plant in a 4″ growers pot.
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 hardy down to 1 ¬∞C (34 ¬∞F)7 and does not tolerate frost. Therefore in temperate regions it is often seen as a houseplant. It is fast-growing and requires little in the way of care. It can be invasive when environmental conditions are favorable. Its secondary roots or tendrils can cause structural damage to certain buildings with fragile mortar or structures made of fragile materials.
It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit