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
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
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






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.