Port Jackson fig
Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Terrestrial. Rock walls, firm rocky outcrops. Phoenix palm trunks
Evergreen small to large tree often starting life as an epiphyte. Leaves smooth above, densely clothed in fine reddish hairs below, oval, 4-12 cm long. Fruit yellow to dull red to 20 mm wide.
Can be distinguished from Morton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla) by the smaller, hairy leaves, and smaller fruit.
December, January, February
Perennial. Reproduces from seed. Some layering and resprouting from aerial roots may occur. Dispersed by birds.
Reason for introduction
ficus: The Latin name for fig tree, possibly derived from the Hebrew word fag
National Pest Plant Accord species
This plant is listed in the 2020 National Pest Plant Accord. The National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA) is an agreement to prevent the sale and/or distribution of specified pest plants where either formal or casual horticultural trade is the most significant way of spreading the plant in New Zealand. For up to date information and an electronic copy of the 2020 Pest Plant Accord manual (including plant information and images) visit the MPI website.