Ficus pumila is a woody evergreen liana, growing to 2.5–4 m (8 ft 2 in–13 ft 1 in). It can grow up to 9–12 m (30–39 ft) tall if it isn't regularly pruned. The juvenile foliage is much smaller and thinner than mature leaves produced as the plant ages. The leaves are oval, cordate, asymmetrical, with opposite veins. It is creeping or can behave like a liana and also climb trees, rocks, etc. up to 4 m in height or more. The aerial roots secrete a translucent latex that hardens on drying, allowing the sticks to adhere to their support.