Origins of the Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle, or Ficus Lyrata, has its origins in the tropical regions of western and central Africa. From a rainforest, this plant loves and does best in a moisture-rich environment that mimics its origins. In the wild, the Fiddle, as it is affectionately called, can grow up to a stunning 12m (40 ft) in height and up to 3m (10ft) or more as an indoor plant. The leaves are a wide, glossy, dark green, and shaped like its namesake stringed instrument. Leaves can be up to 12 inches in length and are deeply veined through the center and from the center outwards.
One unique characteristic of the Fiddle is that when young and pliable, the trunks of the plant are often bent and shaped for aesthetic purposes. Often the plant trunk is braided or woven together, creating an unusual and memorable look for this already remarkable plant. Fiddles that occur in nature do not have this appearance, but the flexibility of the trunk while young and its propensity to bend towards its light source show the Fiddle’s natural inclination towards shapeliness.