Fig

 In
Fig

Ficus carica
Common Fig; Higuera
15

20 feet
15

20 feet
Middle East and Western Asia.
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. Fig is one of the earliest cultivated plants, and one of the seven Middle Eastern plants described as providing year-round food supply (the others are wheat, barley, pomegranate, date, grape, and olive.) The biblical quote “everyone under his own vine and fig tree” is a proverbial expression of peace and prosperity. Figs are best grown in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils, but are tolerant of many local conditions as long as summers are hot and soils are deep. They respond well to soil amendment when planted. Figs resist cold wind and dry weather; in fact they crop best in a dry season, since too much water may cause the fruit to split. The fruit ripens in summer, and sometimes again in autumn. It typically attracts many birds and other wildlife.

Maintenance

Figs appreciate some supplemental summer water, especially during drought. Expect litter from fruit drop in summer, and leaf drop in fall. Figs require some training, especially for fruit production.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Tree
Size:
15-20' H, 15-20' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Green
Bloom Time:
July, August
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Milk from the fruit may irritate skin.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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