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The African rock fig (Ficus abutilifolia), as its name indicates, is usually found in rocky areas. It is a beautiful species with large heart-shaped leaves somewhat reminiscent of F. petiolaris but they are smoother and larger. The bark is bright white and with pruning it forms a thick caudex like base. It is said to grow to near 40 feet in nature but in our experience it is more typically 12-15 feet. It is highly ornamental and suitable for bonsai but like many figs should not be planted near pipes or sewers. An unexploited ornamental species for areas that do not get a hard frost. It does well in Southern coastal California and is somewhat drought tolerant. We sell seed-grown plants in 4 inch and gallon pots showing a base caudex.

African Rock Fig

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