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Ficus pumila 'Variegata' (v)
  • RHS AGM

creeping fig 'Variegata'

A tender evergreen self-clinging climber or trailer to 3m, with green, ovate leaves edged with creamy white

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Cream Variegated
Summer Green Cream Variegated
Autumn Green Cream Variegated
Winter Green Cream Variegated
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Moraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing, Trailing
Potentially harmful
Skin allergen. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Ficus can be evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers, with often leathery, simple, entire or lobed leaves and tiny flowers borne within a hollow receptacle which enlarges to form the fruit

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow indoors in loam-based moist but well-drained soil in filtered light. See ornamental fig cultivation or houseplant cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Pruning group 11, in late winter

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, thrips, mealybugs and scale insects under glass

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus

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