Ficus carica 'Mission'
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||FYE-kus KAH-ri-ka|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.|
|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.|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Container, Espalier, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Fruit Tree & Vine|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Edible, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Sweet Summer Fruit|
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