Strangler fig, Wildevy (Afr.)
A fast-growing tree for warmer regions with its shiny, dark green leaves that provide dense shade and bears small, reddish figs that attract birds. This is a medium to a large evergreen tree with dense leafy crown and smoothish, light to dark grey bark. It is one of the strangler figs, so-called for their habit of ‘strangling’ other plants as their roots and stems struggle to find nourishment and light in their original jungle habitat. Because they have aggressive root systems, they should not be planted in small gardens or near buildings, swimming pools or pathways.