Ficus rubiginosa/Port Jackson Fig, Rusty-leaf Fig, Little Leaf Fig

Ficus rubiginosa / Ficus rubiginosa
A developing fig on a tree branch
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A developing fig on a tree branch

Braoad, spreading branches on a large specimen in a Southern California botanical garden


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Scientific Name: Ficus rubiginosa
Common Name: Port Jackson Fig, Rusty-leaf Fig, Little Leaf Fig
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Yellow, Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a tropical tree with a spreading form and produces oval-shaped leaves to about four inches long. In warm climates this fig is often found growing naturally and will appear in cracks in stone in cliffs and rock faces. In tropical climates the lower branches will form aerial roots very much like the Banyan trees, another fig. In warm climates it is sometimes considered an invasive species. This fig makes an excellent container plant for indoor plantings with limited natural lighting. It is propagated by cuttings and layering. A special wasp is required to pollinate this and most other figs.