Details: Little Fiddle fig is one of the more forgiving members of the Fig tree family. The standards are grown with a single trunk at the bottom without leaves, and produce foliage near the top of the plant. Fiddle leaf figs prefer moderately bright light, but the leaves will start to burn if the light is too intense. They grow slowly, and can get up to or exceed 20′ tall. They prefer to dry out between watering.
Selling Points: Attractive foliage, Clean Air, Low maintenance
Mature Height: 10’+
Mature Width: 3’+
Light: Moderately bright
Water: Like to stay dry
Does Not Ship to AZ, CA, OR, WA.
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-12. Grow as a houseplant. Easily grown in a soil-based potting mix. Site indoors in bright indirect light or part shade with protection from afternoon sun. Water regularly during the growing season. Avoid overwatering. Reduce watering from fall to late winter.
Ficus lyrata, commonly called fiddle-leaf fig or banjo fig, is native to Africa. It is a broadleaf evergreen tree that may grow to 60-100’ tall in its native habitat. It is sometimes grown in the tropics as an ornamental shade tree. In colder climates, this is a popular houseplant that typically grows to 2-10’ tall. It is noted for its large, lyre-shaped, dark green leaves (to 18” long) which resemble the shape of a violin (fiddle). In its native habitat, globular figs (to 1.25” diameter) appear solitary or in pairs on mature trees. Fruit is rarely seen on plants outside of the native habitat. Stems have a milky sap.
Genus name comes from the Latin name for Ficus carica the edible fig.
Specific epithet refers to the lyrate shape of the leaf that suggest the shape of a lyre.