Ficus pumila     
Creeping fig   
Moraceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: self-climbing vine with clinging rootlets; fine textured foliage when young
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: climbs 15-20ft up vertical walls (or higher)
Leaves: simple, heart-shaped, small when young; changes to larger, 2-4in long, oblong and leathery form when mature
Flowers: not significant, rare
Fruit: rarely seen; droopy small fig-like fruit, plum-sized; not edible
Stems/Trunks: delicate, clinging, more woody with age; will climb all surfaces
Range/Origin: Asia
small leaves
juvenile form (above) and
mature leaf form (below) of Ficus pumila
large leaves
Hardiness: to mid teens




rapid grower when young, slower after mature leaf form appears

vines can be tenacious, climbing aggressively, beware of top-heavy plants peeling away from support, "takes the paint off walls", recommend setting out transplants horizontally (lay vines along ground) so it will grow with a wide, solid base.

'Minima' retains small leaf form longer

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