Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 40 to 80 feet
Plant Spread: 40 to 60
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Year Round
Other: Flowers are borne inside the fruit and are not visible
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Wasps
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Location: Lamington N.P., Qld., AustraliaDate: 2013-05-14
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Location: Lamington N.P., Qld., Australia
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Location: Everglades, FloridaDate: 2014-03-09
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Comments:
Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 13, 2014 6:11 PM

This tree generally starts life as an epiphyte, with a seed germinating in a suitable spot in a host tree. It sends roots down, and as soon as they touch the ground, the tree starts growing rapidly, often strangling the host plant, which is how it got its common name of "Strangler Fig."

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