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Scrambling fig

Ficus burtt-davyi

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This small fig tree is indigenous to South Africa and can grow as a scrub, a free-standing tree or a creeper, depending on its location. Birds feast on the green figs. The Scrambling fig must be planted far away from pipes and buildings because of an aggressiveroot system. This tree grows well in a container and is most frequently grown as a bonsai.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fruit can be plucked to feed animals at any stage. Seeds can be harvested by drying the fig in the shade for a day.

Propagation

Cuttings
Make cuttings in spring from softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings. Place the cutting in washed river sand until roots have formed. Cuttings should root in one month and can be replanted after 8 weeks.
Seed
Cut open the fig and dry in the shade for about one day. Sow the seeds in trays in early spring by grinding up the dry figs between your fingers. Store the trays in well-ventilated and well-lit areas.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds like the mousebird, Green Pigeon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Sombre Bulbul and Black-collard Barbet love to feed on the ripe, small, green figs.
Pot plant
Scrambling fig can be grown in a container and is often grown as a bonsai.
Attractive leaves
Glossy green leaves.

Geography

Origin
Native to South Africa this tree is found growing in coastal scrub or thicket, in inland forests and in the drier Karoo region.
Natural climate
Temperate to dry.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Raw Material
Fibres from the roots and bark are used by the amaXhosa people to make a charm necklace called intambo.

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free.

Companion plants

With such a strong root system it is best not to under plant these trees, as the competition for the other plants will be too strong.

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