• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering for fruit production; less for landscape use.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible Fruit
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    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 PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Raspberry (Rubus); Grape (Vitis); Olive (Olea)
  • Care
    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: Moderate
    Best with regular watering for fruit production; less for landscape use.
  • History & Lore
    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.