The African strangler fig is a fast-growing East African species commonly used for bonsai. In the wild these trees can start growing on other trees, eventually killing the host tree by “strangling” it with ficus roots. The bark is used to make barkcloth.
I started this tree from root cuttings in 2014. I bought its parent from Bonsai Collectables in 2013.
May 10, 2014: The tree five years ago as a pile of root cuttings left over from a repot of another tree.