From Pinterest to Instagram and beyond, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree, also known as Ficus Lyrata, has been breaking the internet recently. Native to West Africa, this coveted tree grows in the lowland tropical rainforests from Cameroon to Sierra Leone.
It’s especially prized for its versatility and large, violin-shaped leaves. Interior designer Brad Sherman said in the New York Times that Fiddle-Leaf Figs “have a prehistoric, Dr. Seuss feel.” And with such animated foliage, it’s easy to understand why the Fiddle-Leaf wows. Here are a few more reasons why the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree is taking over the interior design world:
1. It’s Photogenic
Steven Kurutz of The New York Times stated, “Simply put, they photograph well.” Lush green leaves and a full, voluminous silhouette stand out on the fresh and fanciful Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree.
2. It’s the Perfect “Something” for Negative Space
We all have had that moment when our home decor is almost complete: you have your look and everything is in it’s place…except for that one bare corner. The solution? The Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree. This tree is interior design gold due to its sophisticated structure. The thin trunk and big, lush foliage create an unbelievable balance of negative space and immediately catch the eye.
3. It’s Ultra Low-Maintenance
The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is a magical tree. Why? Because it speaks to you. All right, maybe not literally, but all you have to do is pay attention to the color of the leaves to know if you’re watering it correctly. Remember, this is a tropical tree that thrives in the rainforest. It’s so important to pay attention to your Fiddle-Leaf Fig’s soil, as the soil should be consistently moist but not soaked. When in doubt, pay attention to those leaves! If the foliage is limp, then you’re under watering. If your foliage is starting to turn yellowish or brown, then your tree is thirsty.
4. It’s Highly Adaptable
Originally grown under the canopy of African rainforests, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig needs the kind of light that your house or apartment boasts naturally.
“Fiddle-Leaf Figs need lots of indirect light and some direct sun,” says Harnek Singh, gardener at New York City’s Wave Hill Public Garden.
5. Best of All? The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is Good Looking.
It’s not hard to see. You see it. I see it. The world obviously sees it. The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is an attractive plant. That’s why designers across the globe love this tree. Working with a range of styles, from modern to traditional, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree adds a lot of life to a home once it makes itself comfortable.