Ficus carica      
Edible fig    
Moraceae Family     


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Edible fig on Ficus carica
 

Form: low-branching tree; usually single trunked
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 15-30ft with equal spread
Leaves: simple; 3-5 lobes; 4-10in long and 4-10 wide; rough, they can irritate skin
Flowers: unimportant
Fruit: edible figs; may bear twice per year
Stems/Trunks: thick, knobby, irregular; gray bark
Range/Origin: eastern Mediterranean and western Asia; in cultivation for centuries
Hardiness: hard freezes will cause die-back


LANDSCAPE VALUE:

Fig tree
Ficus carica
Fig leaf
leaf form
 

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:


Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau


NOTES:

There are many cultivars.
Can be messy due to fruit drop and bird activity.
Milky sap characteristic of family is poisonous.


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