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Ficus pumila - Creeping Fig
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Moraceae (Mulberrys)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [Ficus repens]
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Ficus pumila (Creeping Fig) - An evergreen vine that can attach itself to almost any kind of material for a seemingly endless distance. Juvenile dainty heart-shaped leaves develop into 2 to 4 inch long leathery leaves with age and after vertical growth has reached its limit. The small fig fruits are rarely seen and not edible. Best planted in cool full sun to light shade, though does not fare as well on hot south or west facing walls. Only requires occasional irrigation once established. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F. A durable vine that will adhere and solidly cover walls and other structures, thought can become someone of a nuisance as it outgrows an allotted space. It will grow close to the ocean if given some protection behind buildings or other plantings. Creeping Fig is native to Japan's southern islands, eastern China, and Vietnam. The genus name Ficus comes from the ancient Latin name for figs and their edible fruit and the specific epithet comes from the Latin for dwarf or low-growing. This plant is also commonly called Ficus repens in the nursery trade.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ficus pumila.
 
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