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.

Family:Moraceae
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
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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