Tracy Posted August 10, 2020 Report Share Posted August 10, 2020 I finally found this Ficus socotrana which has been lumped in with Ficus vasta I understand, but since it was labeled as socotrana, I'll stick with it. I fell in love with the one at Quail Botanical Garden now San Diego Botanical Garden about a decade ago or perhaps even longer. I never started looking for it until about that time. They had one large specimen for sale at a nursery in Rancho Santa Fe, but when I inquired about purchasing it, was advised it wasn't for sale and would only be used for propagation, and that I should call back the following spring. I did follow up that following spring and a few more, but there were never any available. We just removed a parking space along our driveway which opened up a new planting area this week. We went to Quail Botanical... I mean San Diego Botanical on Saturday for inspirations, and again walked by their Ficus socotrana. My wife likes the tree as well and I commented that I would plant one in a heartbeat if I could find it. Yesterday, I suggested we go to a local nursery we can walk to for fun, and lo and behold they had 3 of these in 1 gallon pots. It didn't take me much time to get home, and plant it out along with a couple of other things I had in pots that were waiting for a home. It could be a mistake planting it near our paver back driveway, with the roots these can develop, but I love the trunk color and the low canopy they tend to grow. I have no idea how slow from a 1 gallon this will grow, but have obviously watched the one at Quail for a long time, so have seen that it hasn't grown out of control large. I remember Gary Levine has one at his garden in Escondido, and I recall someone else growing this species or the mainland version that the Socotran fig has been lumped in with, Ficus vasta. Please share if you have experience with either the sub-group of Ficus vasta from Socotran island or Ficus vasta. 4 1 33.0782 North -117.305 West at 72 feet elevation Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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