Ficus platypoda – Rock Fig

Native to central and northern Australia, the Rock Fig is a very attractive plant, wonderful for ornamental use or grown as a bush food. It grows to a medium shrub or small tree, in the wild it is found growing over cliffs, rocks and sandstone soils. Sometimes epiphytic, it can have aerial roots.  Makes a fantastic pot and bonsai subject, and responds well to pruning and shaping. Fruits change from yellow to orange red as they ripen, and can be eaten once ripe and soft. Should not be planted near drains and piping as the roots are invasive.

Scientific Name:Ficus platypoda
Family:Moraceae
Common Name:Rock Fig
Other Common Names:Desert Fig
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 8 metre
Width:1 ~ 5 metre
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Edible, Bonsai, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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