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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 information about Ficus pumila displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.