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PlantFiles: Moreton Bay Fig
Ficus macrophylla

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: macrophylla (mak-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Kameha On May 6, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

There is a very large moreton bay fig tree at Disney's Polynesian Resort at Disney World, or so I was told when I asked what type of banyan it was. It is well over 40 feet high and has the beautiful aerial roots that all banyans have. Beautiful!

Positive rabbidavid On Apr 1, 2004, rabbidavid from Memphis, TN wrote:

Started "Moretys" from seed sent to me from Australia in 1987, now a specimen bonsai tree. Have reproduced countless new plants/trees from cuttings; in water or in porous moist soil. Humidity is a plus in full sun, shade in arid areas such as Arizona. Well-draining, porous soil is a must, i.e., aggregate mixture with humus. My favorite tropical!

Neutral Monocromatico On Oct 5, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

The specific name "macrophylla" (meaning "large leaf") may sound strange, since this species doesnt have exactly the largest leaves amongst the genus Ficus, but in Australia, where this is a native, the other Ficus species have much smaller leaves.

According to specialists, the leaves are used in Australia as cattle food, although it may change the milk flavour.

Neutral palmbob On Oct 5, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great tree for Southern California large parks and gardens. It has incredibly huge roots, however, and will destroy driveways, sewage lines and walls. So plant it far away. It creates a wonderful canopy under which you can grow all sorts of tropicals that need a dappled or shady environment (many palms and ferns, for example). In S California it doesn't tend to 'banyan' as much as in humid climates, where literally hundreds of aerial trunks meet the soil creating great collections of collumns of various diameters. It is an ever-green, but does lose its huge leaves constantly, so does require some regular maintenance. You may also have to prune enormous branches now and then to keep the shade from getting too dense. If you're ever in San Diego visiting the zoo, you can't help but notice a couple of these trees near the entrance and you can see how enormous they get and how useful for canopy they are.

Positive IslandJim On Oct 5, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Stately tree for a park or estate, but way too large for your average back yard.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California
Corte Madera, California
Fallbrook, California
Fremont, California
Hayward, California
Pasadena, California
San Diego, California
San Marino, California
San Pedro, California
Temecula, California
Whittier, California
Kissimmee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Venice, Florida
Memphis, Tennessee

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