|A strangler fig (Ficus aurea) wrapping itself around a tree|
Strangler figs can be incredibly large in size, up to sixty feet tall and four feet in diameter. Leaves are fairly large and yellowy green, up to three inches wide and five inches long. The half-inch fruit is fig-like, and varies from deep purple to yellow. It grows best in the sandy soils that are so common in its native range. The plant has been used as an ornamental in some Florida cities for several reasons. It grows quickly, provides a great amount of shade, it is large in size. However, it isn't very good for small areas as it can take over and drop a great amount of fruit.
|A strangler fig being used as an ornamental|