Narrow-leaf Fig - Moraceae F. Binnendijkii (syn. F. Longifolia).

What You Need to Know About the Narrow-leaf Fig – Moraceae F. Binnendijkii (syn. F. Longifolia)

This fig grows into an attractive, glossy shrub or small tree, making it both an attractive feature plant or an ideal foil in a mixed arrangement. Known as the narrow-leaf fig, it has graceful, drooping, pointed-tipped foliage, which changes size and shape as the plant ages.

When young, the leaves are long and lance-shaped (8 x 1½ in./20 x 4 cm) developing a more oblong shape in a mature specimen (9 x 3—3.5 cm/3½ x 1¼ —1 ½ in.). The egg-shaped figs, ½ in. (10 mm) across, are borne singly or in pairs. This species origi­nates in areas from southeast Asia to the Philippines.

Size: Height 6 ft. (1.8 m).

For cultivation see F. benjamina. 

Propagation: Take tip cuttings, 4 in. (10 cm) long, in spring. The cutting will root better if the bottom ½ in. (1 cm) has become light brown and woody. To prevent latex forming a cap on the base of the cutting, strip the leaves from the lower third and place in water for 30 minutes. Remove, shake off water, and dip the cut sur­face only in rooting hormone, then insert in soil and seal in a plastic bag1 in a bright place, out of direct sun.