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African Fig Tree

Ficus Cyathistipula


Ficus Cyathistipula, the African Fig Tree, is a species of fig tree from the tropical forests of Africa. Able to grow up to heights of 5 metres, this shrub-like fig tree grows red figs when ripe with thick skins which enable them to float on water when they drop, in the moist tropics from which they hail.

Plant Height: 120cm Pot Size: 21cm

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How To Care For African Fig Tree

Keep the African Fig Tree’s soil moist. It comes from the rainforest next to rivers and streams, so prefers a damp environment.

Ficus Cyathistipula want a bright spot out of direct sunlight. It would usually be a shrub underneath the canopy of larger trees in the rainforest so wouldn’t be exposed to the full sun.

Hailing from the rainforest the African Fig Tree prefers a humid environment where possible but should be fine in normal room humidity. Treat to shower when watering or let it bask in the rain when the weathers are warmer.

A potting soil rich in organic matter will be best for the African Fig Tree. Fig trees require rich soil to use the nutrients for their fruit.

Fertilise biweekly in spring and summer with a weak dose of houseplant fertiliser, but do not feed during winter.

You can repot your Ficus Cyathistipula annually to encourage new growth or every 2/3 years to restrict its growth. Check for roots protruding from the bottom of the pot and ensure the soil is dry before repotting to avoid damaging its roots.

About African Fig Tree

Ficus Cyathistipula, the African Fig Tree, is a member of the Mulberry family from the tropical rainforests of Africa. Able to grow up to heights of 5 metres, this shrub-like fig tree grows red figs when ripe.

They generally grow beside streams or rivers in the forest where the environment is shaded, humid and water is plentiful. It is always worth bearing this in mind when locating your African Fig Tree at home. It is going to need a spot with bright, indirect sunlight.

When the figs fall from the trees, the thick skins enable them to float on water where they are carried downriver, because of this, they are commonly known as ‘the rivers gift’ in Kenya.

Read our Ficus Cyathistipula care guide herein, or check out the RHS guide here.

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

Botanical Name
Ficus Cyathistipula
African Fig Tree
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