Creeping Fig

Ficus pumila | Also known as: Climbing Fig, Creeping Rubber Plant, Ok-gue Ficus repens | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The climbing fig is full of energy and will climb all over you if you let it.

The Creeping Fig, or Ficus pumila, is a wonderful climbing and/or trailing plant that has oval shaped, dark green leaves. During the summer months it produces hairy green figs that slowly ripen in the autumn to a dark purple colour. Because it can’t cope with the cold, this is best grown in containers and moved indoors or into a conservatory during the colder months of the year. However, place outside in a full sunlight position during the summer for the best results, although ensure it’s sheltered from the wind and rain.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating leaves of this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 8 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 8 - 10
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
  • leaf cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Trailing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Trees
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years