Moreton Bay Fig

Northern Australia

General description

Large-leaved, very long-lived & persistent evergreen fig tree <30m tall. Thick, massive trunk with buttressed roots. Leathery, glossy, oval leaves <25cm long (larger than Port Jackson fig); rose-coloured leaf sheaths appear like candles at branch ends. Stalked circular fruit with pale spots when ripe (15-24 mm diam). Many large Moreton Bay fig trees have significant cultural value.

Prefers warm frost-free climate. Tolerates a wide range of conditions.

Seed mainly spread by birds or animals.

The pollinating wasp arrived during the 1990's, and fruit and viable seeds are now being produced. Naturalised seedlings have been recorded, some of which are epiphytic in intact native forest.

Site management

Recommended approaches

This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

Port Jackson fig
Ficus rubiginosa

Port Jackson fig has much smaller and hairier leaves (half the size) and smaller fruit with no stalk.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
Moreton Bay fig - Main species image