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Ficus lyrata

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Photo Locations: Maui, HI, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

The fiddleleaf fig is one of the most common house plants in the temperate world and, due to its drought tolerance and low light requirements, thrives in poor indoor growing situations. In Hawai'i, and occasionally Southern California, they grow into large trees in full sun in the outdoor landscape. Ficus lyrata has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -5 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is:

Native to Tropical Africa.

A Ficus lyrata in Ventura, CA is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 56 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 79 inches and a crown spread of 35 feet.

Family: Moraceae

Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 25 - 40 feet.

Width: 25 - 35 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.

Leaves Obovate and Lobed, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. green. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).

Green Multiple Fruit, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.

Bark Gray, Smooth or Striated.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 22 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Scales.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Container, Buffer Strip or Shade Tree.

Bonsai or Espalier.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ficus lyrata Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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