Peter's Honey Fig
Peter's Honey Fig
Ficus carica 'Peter's Honey'Item #3674 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
An attractive garden tree with an interesting winter appearance. Produces especially delicious, sweet, soft-skinned, yellow-green fruit each summer. Needs sun and plenty of heat to ripen fruit. Figs are often root-hardy and prolific in zones 5 and 6 if sheltered or planted against a south-facing wall.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:FYE-kus KAH-ri-kaPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12 - 24Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.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)
- CareCare InformationPrefers enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; reduce frequency, once established. Requires less water in fall and winter, more in growing season. Shelter in colder zones; may die back and re-sprout from roots in spring. Apply fertilizer in spring. Prune lightly in late winter.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.