Rusty Fig ( Ficus rubiginosa )
Tree, evergreen broadleaf, broad spreading
Height : 1.5m to 14m included
Origin : Eastern Australia
Environment : Forests, riparian sites, scrublands; on many soils
Climate : warm, temperate; moderately humid
Also known as Little-leaf Fig or Port Jackson Fig, it is one of the 600 species of the Ficus genus. Like all figs, the Rusty Fig, too, requires pollination by a particular wasp species to set seed. It is commonly used as ornamental species not only in Australia, but also in New Zealand, Hawai’i, and California, where sometimes it escaped cultivation and became invasive. It is a hardy species, well tolerant of difficult temperatures and conditions. The roots are very powerful and can seriously damage urban infrastructures.