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Ficus palmeri

Rock Fig

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Scientific Name Ficus palmeri
Principal Common Name Rock Fig
Common Name(s)
Description Caudiciform tree, drought deciduous. The Ficus palmeri grows in the wild in rocky cliffs. They develop a thick trunk that can be spectacular as bonsai or as a specimen tree. Will loose its leaves if kept too dry, which is the mechanism it uses in nature.
General Comments Rock figs are a legacy of the tropical origins of the Sonoran Desert. They are a kind of strangler fig. Tropical strangler fig seedlings start life as epiphytes high on the branches of host trees. The fig roots encircle the host's trunk and eventually reach the ground. The roots then enlarge and squeeze the host tree's trunk while the upper branches overshadow it and starve it for light. The host dies and rots, leaving a hollow giant fig tree.
Nativity Mexico
Height Range 100 - 0 FT
Spread Range 80 - 0 FT
Flower Showy N
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Medium Green
Leaf Texture Prominent veined
Form Epiphyte : Shrub : Small Tree : Succulent
Flower Color
Flower Time
Ease of Growing Average : Difficult
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Light Shade
Soil Preferences Rocky : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
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