It is a messy tree when the fruit falls. If you don't eat figs or like figs, this tree can be a pain with its' fig litter on the ground....and if it falls on the sidewalk, you will also find that the fruit can stain the cement.
- It can become a massive tree and outgrows its' space quickly.
- Birds LOVE this tree. In the Amazon rainforest, a variety from this tree species attracts local fauna to come and eat its' fruit. Monkeys, parrots, fruit bats, and many other animals travel miles to come and eat the figs from the tree. Sometimes it's the ONLY food source available. This is how the tree propogates itself around various parts of the forest and therefore serves as one of the most important trees in the rainforest ecosystem. Here in the desert southwest, birds, sometimes in the hundreds depending on the size of the tree, will gather in the tree and throw a bird party. This can be rather annoying to our human counterparts if they are near the house and trying to sleep. And let's not talk about the bird poo......
- Finally, because this tree comes from the ficus family, roots can be invasive so do not plant near the foundation of your house or sidewalk.
|Taken from my garden in its' first year!!! Yes...that quick!|
- If you love birds, this tree attracts.
- If you love fresh figs.
- If you want shade in a sunny spot, and a sunny spot in winter....it's deciduous.
- If you are creating a tropical garden in the desert.