From Japan, Vietnam and China, this vigorous evergreen climber
clings by aerial roots along the stems. It has attractive small,
bright green, heart-shaped juvenile leaves that turn bronze. Remove
any mature woody branches that stand out strongly from the support
to retain juvenile leaves. Minima has much smaller, daintier foliage
and is less rampant; Quercifolia has lobed leaves; Variegata is more
vigorous with leaves mottled white to cream.
Cultivation: Figs grow to great heights in gardens and most species
have vigorous, invasive root systems. Fully frost hardy to frost
tender, many make excellent container and house plants when young.
Figs prefer full sun to part-shade and humus-rich, moist but
well-drained soil and shelter from cold winds. Water potted
specimens sparingly. Propagate from seed or cuttings, or by aerial