Creeping Fig

Ficus pumila

An easy-care solution for covering unsightly fences. Vigorous growing, dense branches cling firmly to any surface. A handsome choice for climbing walls, pillars, arbors and fences. Small, leathery, dark green leaves mature into large, thick leaves; prune the mature foliage to promote new juvenile growth. Evergreen.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationFYE-kus PU-mi-la
Average Size at MaturityQuickly climbs, reaching 25 to 30 ft. tall, spreading 3 ft. wide or more.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThe very best self-clinging vine for covering sheltered fences and walls. Plant in small vine pocket openings in paving to grow up an arbor. Plant in shaded entryways, under covered patio and on protected fences and freestanding walls. This vine is also valued for training over wire topiary forms. Needs to be cut back occasionally to control spread and to encourage growth of attractive juvenile foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCrossvine (Bignonia); Passion Vine (Passiflora); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Indian Hawthorne (Rhaphiolepis); Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus)

Provide enriched, well-drained soil; does not tolerate soggy, poorly drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Space plants 2 to 3 ft. apart. Prune semi-annually to control size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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