Ficus aurea

strangler fig


wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40-60 (75) ft    Width: 20-60 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color   fruit color      yellow,red,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: This is a large tree best used in settings where its form can be appreciated. It is both a specimen tree and and shade tree.
Considerations: In some settings, the tree begins as an epiphyte and sends roots down to the ground wrapping around the host. This is interesting in natural settings but may not be interesting in a formal setting.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: neutral to alkaline


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Birds and other wildlife consume fruit and often deposit seeds high in the canopy. It is pollinated by a host-specific wasp (Pegascapus jimenezi) inside the fig. Larval host for ruddy daggerwing (Marpesia petreus) and Antillean daggerwing (Marpesia eleuchea) butterflies.
Native Habitats: Moist-wet sites. Tropical hammocks, swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: