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Scientific Name: Ficus pumila
Pronunciation: FYE-kus PEW-mih-luh
Common Name: creeping fig
Family Name: Moraceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant, Vine or climber
Key ID Features: A fast-growing, climbing vine with adhesive aerial rootlets; leaves ovate, bases cordate or uneven, up to 2.5 cm long.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Spreading
Form: Climbing, Creeping / Mat-like, Weeping
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Hanging basket, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. Award of Garden Merit, RHS. Cultivars shown or on campus may include of F. 'Variegata'.
creeping fig
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Obcordate or retuse
Bases: Cordate, Oblique (uneven)
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: Only juvenile foliage is shown

Inflorescence Type: n/a
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): No flowers, Green
Flower Time at Peak:
Additional Info: Florets in a syconium (rarely formed locally)
Fruit Type: Multiple fruit
Fruit Colour: Purple, Green
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Showy, Accessory tissue, Fruit rarely seen locally. Called a syconium, a fruit type only found in figs - formed by an enlarged, fleshy, hollow receptacle with multiple ovaries on the inside surface.
Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Aerial or climbing roots

Propagation: Layering, Stem tip cuttings
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Scale insects, ( Disease resistant )
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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