On Mar 3, 2007, ForrestGump from Melbourne, FL wrote:
I love this tree. I found about 5 of them growing directly on a big *rock*, apparently where birds had landed and relieved themselves. I have heard that the seeds will only germinate if they pass through an animal's digestive tract. It's amazing. They just grew in the cracks of the rock.
I ripped them off, and stuck them in pots and watered everyday. They grew like weeds, and reached over 6 feet in about 3 years. The wood is very soft, but I imagine it can be pruned so that a few strong limbs will grow.
I agree with the previous comments. These trees get HUGE, so plant them in an open area. Oh, and NOT near your drainfields because fig trees seek water.
On Jul 28, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
The Strangler Fig is an attractive, sprawling banyan tree, native to the coastal hammocks, barrier islands and inland hammocks of central and southern Florida and the Keys. It is widespread in South America and the Caribbean as well. It provides food for wildlife (reddish-brown to purple berries) as well as shelter in its sprawling branches and leaves. Some specimens can be bought in pots from nurseries and be grown outdoors in your yard from zones 9 and below. However, a large amount of space (an acre or more) will be needed as this attractive banyan can get up to 50 feet tall and over 15 feet wide! Its trunk reaches a diameter of about three feet. I recommend this plant if you have lots of space!
FACTS - This plant starts its life growing on a host tree, notably the Florida State Tree, the Cabbage Palmetto, which is also native to the state (However, it may start its life in the ground as well). As it gets bigger it sends roots down the trunk of its host, wrapping it in an engulfing manner. As the Strangler Fig grows, it eventually chokes the trunk of its host tree, strangling it and eventually killing it.
On Jun 7, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Usually starts off as an epiphyte with lots aerial roots.
Roots can be invasive around septic tanks and drainfields.
Fast growth rate
Produces red or yellow figs
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
San Diego, California Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Cocoa Beach, Florida Cutler, Florida Fort Pierce, Florida Fruitville, Florida Holmes Beach, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Naples, Florida North Sarasota, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Sunset, Florida San Leanna, Texas