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Mission Fig

Ficus carica 'Mission'

Pronunciation: FYE-kus KAH-ri-ka
SKU #03681
7-9

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OVERVIEW
Description This attractive deciduous garden tree offers dense shade and develops an interesting winter silhouette. Especially sweet, purplish black fruit ripens in summer. Figs are often root hardy and prolific in zones 5 and 6 if planted in a sheltered location. Highly adaptable, but bears best fruit in hot inland areas.
Light Full sun
Watering Water deeply when soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Easy Care, Showy Fruit, Edible, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
STYLE
Landscape Use Container, Espalier
Design Ideas This resilient Fig was widely used in the historic California missions. Its larger size offers dense shade and its black fruit is sweet and ornamental. Plant as a single specimen or among other fruit trees in an orchard. Bears best in hot inland areas. In harsh winter climates, figs can be enjoyed in large tubs indefinitely, if re-potted or root-pruned occasionally. Move the containers into a cellar or unheated garage after the leaves have dropped in fall, and back out when the harsh winter weather has passed. A beautiful specimen or seasonal screening plant for patios, decks and urban rooftop gardens.
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Grape (Vitis); Raspberry (Rubus); Fragaria (Strawberry)
CARE
Care Prefers 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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