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My Ficus rubiginosa fruiting HEAVILY!

Posted by WBDB Sunset 19 USDA 10a (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 12:40

Moved to this house 4 years ago. The back yard has a mature Ficus rubiginosa, about 40' tall, canopy about 50'+.

Had it pollarded a little over a year ago, the whole yard was shaded, it was very dense. The canopy has completely grown back, though it is smaller. The tree looks very healthy, it is an outstanding specimen.

Previously, it has fruited pretty much insignificantly, not much at all, as is the leaf drop. But this year, my tree has turned on me!

About a month ago it began to drop A LOT of fruit. You can not avoid stepping on the 1/2" fruits littering the wood deck and concrete patio areas. I have to sweep every other day, just to be able to water the other plants, or every day if you want to walk anywhere out under the tree. I almost filled a 5 gallon bucket with less than 2 days of fruit drop. An added "bonus" is that most of the fruit is so soft that gentle sweeping smears it on the deck and patio. The yard reeks of rotting fruit.

This is the first time this tree has exhibited this behavior. We love this tree, and consider ourselves very lucky to have this as the focal point of the back yard.

I would like to hear if others have experience with this species, and if our recent problem is unusual, or perhaps climatically triggered. Do understand that the ficus is in no danger of being removed, but I would like to know if this will happen regularly, as it has not in my limited(4 years) experience. Until now, this tree has had no bad traits, and I would recommend it as a specimen tree for any climate in which it would thrive.

Thanks, Dave


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RE: My Ficus rubiginosa fruiting HEAVILY!

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 16:26

Do you water it?

Pollarding it would trigger a survival reaction, so a lot of fruit after a that would not be unexpected. You may have also gotten an influx of pollinators.

Cal Poly rates the root damage potential as "high", so eventually that bad trait may emerge. I hope it is not too close to any structures.


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RE: My Ficus rubiginosa fruiting HEAVILY!

  • Posted by WBDB Sunset 19 USDA 10a (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 14 at 20:23

Thanks, I was hoping to hear from someone who has long term experience with this tree. I understand that different stress situations can promt odd behavior.


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