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Ficus tikoua
Ficus tikoua


 
Family: Moraceae
Hardiness: To Zone 9a
Mature Size: 6" x 5'
Exposure: Part Shade/Sun
Moisture Needs: Moist to Average
Origin: Southeast Asia
Price: $15.00
Pot Size: 4" Pot

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: P3880
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Description
 
We first encountered this species in the fall of 1997 when we were on the mid to lower slopes of the Cangshan Mountains looking down to the barely discernible 3 Pagodas of Dali fronting the broad expanse of Lake Erhai.  This  groundcover species formed broad carpets of evergreen foliage covering the large rocks on the boulder-strewn slope so as to give the impression of a tumultuous green sea frozen in place.   Rhododendron edgeworthii, R, pachypodum, R. neriiflorum and R. sulphureum were shrubby seamounts along with Ternstroemia, Tripterygium, Myrica and Hypericum.  The day sounds much better than it was for back in 97 there was but a rough single track road to the higher elevations and on that day our jeeps were blocked by a massively overloaded lorry whose driveline had failed under the weight of massive marble blocks quarried from the higher reaches.  The truck was gradually sinking into the mud with just a few inches of clearance and a young skinny boy had been fetched from downslope to slither underneath and effect repairs which was going to take many hours at best.  This meant we were stranded at low elevation with a bunch of botanically fascinating marginally hardy plants which was not our goal.  We made the best of it and one of our new acquaintances was this Ficus and we were pleased as punch when our friend Jim Fox gifted us with cuttings he took from Roy Lancaster's garden where it is growing as a foundation plant against his home.  It was not a stretch to think that this plant was from the same population we had seen as Roy had traveled this same road years earlier as part of the Sino-British Expedition to Cangshan.Sadly we can't grow this outside here in our gardens but if you are lucky enough to have only very light frosts or none at all then this would be a fine groundcover collected in China by the leading plantsman of the modern era.  This does have small reddish figs but stick to the ones you get at the store.