Port Jackson Fig


General description

Evergreen, multi-stemmed tree < 15 m tall. Leaves are oval and < 12 cm long. Flowers are borne in an enclosed inflorescence (synconium) during summer. Fruit is yellow/red and < 2 cm in diameter.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not plant Port Jackson 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.
  • You must destroy any Port Jackson 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, graves, rocky outcrops, cliffs, scrub, open coastal forest, epiphytic on palms and rough barked trees.

Seeds dispersed by birds and possibly mammals.

Reduces above-ground biomass of forests and alters vegetation structure. May affect frugivore communities by providing food resource to possums, feral pigs and rodents.

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 or pull out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds and epiphytes in trees

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


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 2g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Drill and inject trees with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water if safe to do so. Drill 18mm holes (tangentially angled downwards) in a spiral up the trunk. For 50mm stems drill one hole. For 100mm stems drill two holes. For larger stems drill holes 150mm apart.

Safety notes

Large trees must not be drilled that are closer than 1.5 times the height of the tree from paths, walkways and property.

Trees over 4 metres in height should be removed by a qualified arborist.

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

Similar species

Moreton Bay fig
Ficus macrophylla

Moreton Bay fig has both larger leaves and fruit. The underside of the leaf is less hairy. The fruit is stalked.

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RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
National Pest Plant Accord Species
Port Jackson fig - Main species image