Edible fig on Ficus carica
Form: low-branching tree; usually single trunked
Size: 15-30ft with equal spread
Leaves: simple; 3-5 lobes; 4-10in long and 4-10 wide; rough, they can irritate skin
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
- edible fruit
- fruit extremely attractive to birds
- Exposure: reflected sun, full sun, part shade
- Water: every month or two when growing; once or twice when dormant
- Soil: needs good drainage; gravelly soil
- Propagation: can be started from cuttings
- Maintenance: cleaning up fruit and leaves; pruning to tree shape if desired
Research by Master Gardener Barbara Schneidau
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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