Creeping Fig

Family:
Moraceae
Origin:
Asia

General description

Perennial climber < 10 m tall. Stems are woody when mature and climbing, with attachment aided by adventitious roots. Leaves are < 12 cm long. Fruit is purple/pink and < 8 cm long.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2022, you:

  • will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell creeping fig within the Auckland region.
  • will not be allowed to plant creeping fig within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • must destroy any creeping fig on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Rock walls, scoria faces.

Vegetative spread from fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Smothers vegetation on rock walls and scoria faces.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status


Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Creeping fig - Main species image