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Creeping Fig Ficus pumila

Growing a Creeping Fig: Tips at a Glance

  • Type Woody vine
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 8-11
  • Sun Sun to shade
  • Water Light drinker
  • Prune 3 times a year
  • Design Tip Green backdrop
  • Other Uses Topiary
  • Peak Season Evergreen

Creeping Fig: A Field Guide

In a tight space, creeping fig vines will cover a fence with a flat green curtain of heart-shaped leaves. 

Plant creeping fig against a wall where you can’t spare the square footage for a shrub or a hedge. Tiny and tough, Ficus pumila is a dwarf member of the Ficus family. As it grows, creeping fig will latch onto a vertical surface with tiny tendrils and can be trained by pruning to stay flat. Two or three times a year, clip away new layers to encourage more horizontal growth and to prevent leaves from turning leathery.

Planting, Care & Design of Creeping Fig

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