Ficus Obliqua

This is a F. obliqua I collected growing out of a sandstone wall in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, around 20+ years ago. It had a canopy about 3ft across, and these 2 slender trunks holding the whole mass up. No idea how old it is but it must have been growing in the crack in the wall for at least 10 yrs or so to get to the size it was.??? I removed all the branches at the time and ran a saw against the wall and base cut it free. It now stands around 15ins tall and 16in wide canopy. The nebari is my biggest issue with this tree…. very one sided due to its original growing angle. Never really known how to correct or improve it, so have learned to live and work with it.
First pic was November 2011.
Frustrated and neglected for a few years.
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Here is the same tree August 2012 after a season of more attention and a regular fert program instead of neglect.
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Another year on….October 2012

 I restyled this fig with the original rear view as the new front. There is some lengthening of the RH primary branch to happen, but so far it is powering along. I shouted it a new bigger pot as well and it looks like it is enjoying the extra room….so pretty happy with the progress so far.
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January 2014

We are smack bang in the middle of a hot summer down here which is perfect time to work on our figs…. here is the result after defoliation and full rewire, sitting on one of my own home made stands.

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Overhead view below, showing good ramification developing.

Obliqua overhead ramification 11-1-14

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2 thoughts on “Ficus Obliqua

  1. I like the new view better also. The roots look much better from this angle and kind of seem like it should always have been that way in the way they grew. Tree looks damn nice on the table. Really nice view overall.

  2. Thanks Al…appreciate the comments on the tree and the table. The tree responded well over the past 12 mths, and now starting to feel it could make a reasonable tree some day. The primary branches are technically too high up the tree which has been a styling challenge, but now with them extending beyond the sides of the pot, it is looking more like it was mean’t too.
    btw…. about to do some long overdue Trident updates…. so keep an eye out.
    I hope this year is a good one for you and wifey.
    cheers mate

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