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Ficus vaccinioides - Formosan Creeping Fig

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Moraceae (Mulberrys)
Origin: Formosa (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Ficus vaccinioides (Formosan Creeping Fig) A low growing evergreen groundcover shrub with dark reddish brown delicate stems that lays flat to the ground or mounds slightly, rooting at the internodes in soil or climbing up along a low wall or fence with a dense cover of small obovate deep green glossy leaves. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a relatively well drained soil with regular to occasional irrigation. Hardy to at least 25F as is went through 3 nights down to this temperature in 2007 in our test garden and reportedly grown in a protected location at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina in USDA Zone 7, where it goes deciduous. A nice container plant, trimmed for topiary work or allowed to run as a low groundcover in part sun or light shade but will grow in full sun along the coast. Much better behave than the more common Creeping Fig, Ficus pumila. We have never seen this plant set fruit in many years we have had our stock plant but they are described in the Flora of China and elsewhere as axillary on normal leafy shoots, solitary or paired, purplish black in late spring early summer. This plant comes from slopes of shoreline thickets and exposed sea shore rocks in Southern Taiwan. The specific epithet is a reference to the genus of the blueberry, Vaccinium so means "blueberry-like" because of the small dark fruit and for this reason another common name is Blueberry Fig. Our thanks to the grassman John Greenlee for sharing this jewel of a plant with us.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Ficus vaccinioides.