Port Jackson Fig

New South Wales

General description

Evergreen, persistent, long-lived tree <6m tall. Starts life as an epiphyte; seed germinates in crevices of branches. Leaves green & smooth on upper side, undersides & young stems densely covered in reddish-brown hairs. Round & yellow to dull red fruit (7-17 mm diam.) with no stalks. Usually develops hanging aerial roots.

Can be found growing on the trunks of pohutukawa & palms. Can also readily establish on open rocky sites. Prefers warm frost-free climate. Tolerates wide range of conditions

Seed is mainly spread by birds or animals.

Could become a new species in climax forest becoming a tall emergent above canopy species.

Site management

Can be difficult to detect if growing in high canopy. Treat aerial roots as trunks, use control methods 2 & 3.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull out small plants.
2. Cut & stump paint (2g metsulfuron/1L).
3. Bore 1 hole per 100mm stem diameter & fill each hole with 2g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water).

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

Similar species

Moreton Bay fig
Ficus macrophylla

Moreton Bay fig has both larger leaves and fruit. The underside of the leaf is less hairy. The fruit is stalked.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
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