Ficus rubiginosa 'Australis'- Rusty Fig

This plant of Ficus rubiginosa was obtained from a friend who visited Australia and collected some ripe fig seeds. I obtained the plant from him as a 7 year old tree in 1984.

The tree's leaves are quite large in relationship to the tree's size, but with defoliation the foliage can be reduced to only two inches. Defoliation is being performed twice yearly and is resulting in much more twig ramification. The lowest left branch shows the more normal large sized leaves while the top of the tree shows smaller leaves produced by defoliation.

In this fig species aerial roots form easily under moist and humid conditions. Other figs have much more difficulty forming aerial roots.

The plant is currently 25 inches tall with a main trunk diameter of 3.5 inches.

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