This is an edible fruit of high summer, perfect timing because they're fruit and you don't have to cook them.
Even if you don't care for the fruits, plant them for the coarsest foliage texture you can find. Seriously, can you name anything else that contrasts so lusciously with all other leaves?
The flowers amount to nothing - you'll have to look very very closely to find them - it's the strange fruit that are the second asset (maybe I don't have my priorities straight and the fruits should be the first asset?).
If you don't love the fruits, you can give them away or freeze them and toss a couple at a time into your smoothies - figs have several beneficial attributes and the other smoothie fruits will disguise their unique mouth-feel.
In zones 7 and 8 of the Deep South, we're fortunate that this tree is hardy when the temperature drops into the teens. If temps drop near zero and trees are killed back part way or all the way to the ground, healthy trees will sprout right back.
I was told that in zone 7 of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the winters are still zone 7 in rating, but they last longer than southern zone 7 winters - therefore people grow their figs in giant pots and park them in their garages over winter. I saw it in person - folks have huge figs in pots everywhere!
fig, edible fig, common fig
USDA Hardiness Zones
deciduous, edible ornamental
- Spring: light green
- Summer: medium green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
While the tree itself will grow well in partial shade, it will be less dense and it will produce less fruit. Much less fruit. Try your best to plant it in full sun so you can enjoy a boutiful crop.
Similarily, while a fig tree can withstand average garden soils and periods without supplemental irrigation, the leaves will wilt in prolonged drought and your fruit crop will be reduced. Consider supplemental irrigation if 2-3 weeks go by without any rainfall.