Ficus lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Ficus

Ficus lyrata

Fiddle-Leaf Ficus
Family: Moraceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
USDA Zone: 10-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Ficus) is a big tree that grows taller than 20 ft. It is native to Tropical Africa and it is cold hardy in USDA Zone 10-12. This common houseplant is drought-tolerant and doesn't need frequent watering. It loves the sun and will naturally grow to its best with full sun. Even in full sun, the Ficus lyrata needs protection from the scorching hot afternoon sun. It can also be grown in containers and can be grown as a specimen or used to create a living screen.

The thick, leathery leaves of the Ficus lyrata are what give it its common name, the Fiddle Leaf Ficus. These leaves are yellow-green and have prominent veins running through them. The greenish-white fruits are also uncommon to most houseplants and are an interesting addition to the plant.

Ficus lyrata is a lovely plant for growing indoors and even outdoors in warmer climates. It's a great way to create a tropical environment in the home or landscape. Grown in full sun, it will enjoy the warmth but requires regular water during the summer months. It can tolerate occasional dry spells and does not need much fertilization or pruning. Outdoors, it will also thrive in a seaside climate as it is a salt tolerant plant. In cold regions, it is best to plant in a pot and bring it indoors over winter.

Overall, Ficus lyrata is an interesting and attractive plant that is great for anyone looking to add a tropical touch to their home. It can be grown indoors or outdoors and will bring a unique, ornamental foliage to the environment. It is also an easy to maintain plant that only requires moderate maintenance and care.

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