Ficus natalensis | Coastal strangler fig for sale, Natal fig | Kuswurgvy
Coastal strangler fig (also Natal fig) has a very variable growth form, depending on climatic conditions. It is usually a large, evergreen tree with a dense canopy of dark-green leaves, a bulky, many-fluted trunk, anchored by protruding surface roots. When it matures it develops impressive and decorative aerial roots. Ficus natalensis bears figs in profusion, about 1 centimeter in diameter, which attract many fruit-eating bird species. It is frost sensitive and requires modest water.
The name “Coastal strangler fig” comes from the fact that birds sometimes drop seeds in a host tree’s fork, where one may germinate. In a moist climate the seedling is able to send its roots down the trunk of the host tree. When it reaches the ground the fig tree starts growing copiously. In time it strangles its host which eventually dies.
A few gardening ideas:
Ficus natalensis is recommended for large gardens, where it will grow into a sizable shade tree in a few years. Plant it for its impressive growth form and decorative aerial roots. Give the tree enough space and look for a spot that is far from away from any paving. Given the tree’s aggressive growth habit, it is surprising that it is well known as a bonsai species. We therefore recommend the Coastal strangler fig for planting in a large pot. Use this method if you want to enjoy this unique tree in a very small garden - but take care that its roots don’t “escape”!
Value to honeybees: Nectar, N0; Pollen, P0; Propolis, PR0-2 Flowering months 9-4. (See blog-post "The bee-value of South Africa's trees" for an explanation of codes)
For more information on this species go to Wikipidia Ficus natalensis, Coastal strangler fig, Kuswurgvy
Currently only available in 50L
Coastal strangler fig (Ficus natalensis ) in 50L for sale.
Recommended retail price-50L