Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Edible
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:FYE-kus KAH-ri-ka
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12 - 24
Growth habit:Spreading
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Design IdeasThis Fig can serve as both an ornamental and a fruit tree. Plant away from hardscapes where fallen fruit can stain. Use as a single specimen or as a cloak for fence lines or to screen out undesirable views.
Companion PlantsMix with plants that are equally desert hardy, particularly the attractive Majestic BeautyTM Fruitless Olive (Olea europaea 'Monher') and Nochi Shibari Pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Nochi Shibari') with its arching branches and showy coral-red flowers. Blends with heat-loving shrubs such as Purple Rock Rose (Cistus x purpureus) and Brilliant Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Plant in a sheltered location in colder winter areas; may die to the ground and re-sprout from the roots. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
The edible fig, F. carica is believed native to western Asia but widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Figs reached America with the Spanish in 1769 and were widely cultivated throughout the California mission chain by the Franciscans. These trees would become the 'Mission' fig which gave birth to this crop in modern American agriculture.
Lore:
The earliest evidence of fig cultivation dates to 5000 BC. By the time of the Roman Empire, 29 varieties were known to be in cultivation.