Ficus platypoda – Rock Fig

Native to central and northern Australia, the Rock Fig is a very attractive plant, wonderful for ornamental use or grown as a bush food. It grows to a medium shrub or small tree, in the wild it is found growing over cliffs, rocks and sandstone soils. Sometimes epiphytic, it can have aerial roots.  Makes a fantastic pot and bonsai subject, and responds well to pruning and shaping. Fruits change from yellow to orange red as they ripen, and can be eaten once ripe and soft. Should not be planted near drains and piping as the roots are invasive.

Family : Moraceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large shrub
Width : 5
Flowering Time : Spring, Autumn, Winter
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Bonsai, Decorative fruit
Scientific Name: Ficus platypoda
Common Name : Rock Fig
Height : 8
Flower Color : Cream
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Seed eating birds, Other insects