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Sale New Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' (fig tree)

Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' (fig tree)

$20.00
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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!

  • Brown Turkey is more cold hardy that most other types, that's why you see it in zones 7 and 8 as the most common type on the East Coast and Deep South.
  • I've wondered about the little wasp that pollinates it. I've not heard of it actually being around my area (North Georgia). Recently I read that 'Brown Turkey' is self fertile and so doesn't need the little wasp for fruit set and the same is true for most fig trees commercially grown for the fruits.
  • The coarse-textured leaves are shaped like non-other and provide the most dramatic contrast in texture with the plants around it. I'm very fond of fig leaves for these reasons.
edible ornamental
Common Name
fig, edible fig, common fig
Other Names
n/a
USDA Hardiness Zones
7a-9b
Size
small
Class
deciduous, edible ornamental
Shape
round
Height
10-20'
Width
10-20'
Growth Rate
fast
Flower Color
green
Showy Flower?
no
Flower Season
spring
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: light green
  • Summer: medium green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
poor
Native to USA?
Native To
Mediterranean
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid
Light 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.
Plant Patent
n/a
The most commonly ask question about figs is, "do you want some figs?"

This is a phenomonon of the Deep South where they are so plentiful that they are shared with largesse.

A stranger down the street slowed down his truck when he saw me working in my mom's garden. He rolled down the window and asked me if I wanted any figs. This startled me for two seconds, then I got over "stranger danger" and caved. Yes, I did want some figs. Wendel is now a dear friend because he shared his bounty.

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