Ficus Bojeri: A Comprehensive Guide

Ficus Bojeri is a rare and unique fig species that is endemic to the Western Cape region of South Africa. It is a small evergreen tree or shrub that typically grows 10-16 ft in height, although it can reach up to 32 ft in height under ideal conditions. The leaves are dark green and glossy, and the fruit is small and purple. Ficus Bojeri has long been popular among horticulturists for its ornamental value, but it has only recently been gaining attention as an edible crop.

Plant Specifics

Origins: The Ficus Bojeri hails from the rainforests on the French island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean.

Height: It can grow up to 30 meters (100 feet) tall in the wild, but is usually much smaller when grown in cultivation.

Width: The average width is about 15 meters (50 feet).

Growth Rate: This plant has a fast growth rate, and can easily outgrow its pot if not given enough room to spread.

Bark: The Ficus Bojeri has smooth, light gray bark.

Leaves: The leaves are simple and entire, with a slightly leathery texture. They are bright green and measure up to 8 in (eight inches) in length.

Flowers: The flowers of the Ficus Bojeri are small and inconspicuous. They are borne in groups of two or three and are white or cream-colored.

Fruit: The fruit of this plant is a small, fleshy berry that is black when ripe. It is about one centimeter (half an inch) in diameter.

Cultivation:  The Ficus Bojeri is relatively easy to cultivate. It prefers well-drained, sandy soil and full sun to partial shade. It is drought-tolerant but does not like excessive heat or cold. This plant can be propagated from seed or cuttings.

Edible Uses: The berries of the Ficus Bojeri are edible and can be eaten raw or made into jelly.