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Ficus auriculata (photo courtesy of David Dixon/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)
Ficus auriculata (photo courtesy of David Dixon/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)

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Ficus auriculata

Moraceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

FICUS

The average gardener would never expect to find the commercial edible fig, small-leafed climbing fig, banyan tree, and potted rubber tree under one heading—but they are classed together because they bear small or large figs (inedible in most species). Ornamental types are discussed here; for sorts grown for tasty fruit, see Fig. Many ornamental species make good houseplants. Generally, they thrive on rich, steadily moist (not wet) soil, frequent light feedings, and bright, indirect light.

Ficus auriculata

Native to India. Grows to 15–25 ft. tall and wide. Leaves have sandpapery texture and are unusually large—broadly oval to round, about 15 in. across. New growth is mahogany red, turning to rich green. Large figs (more ornamental than edible) are borne in clusters on the trunk and framework branches. Can be shaped as a small tree or espaliered. Beautiful in a large container; good near swimming pools. Grow in a wind-protected, sunny location.

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