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Ficus carica

Ficus carica - Common Fig

More About Ficus carica

  • Spreading habit with upturned branch ends
  • Flowers for an extended time, sometimes producing two crops of fruit per year
  • Leaves are rounded with three to five lobes
  • Sap found in stems, leaf bases and unripe fruit is a skin irritant
  • Bloom Time: Early to late spring
  • Ripens: Late summer

Interesting Notes:

References disagree on fruit production:

1. Female flowers do not need fertilization to become fruit.

2. Male and female flowers on each plant make every plant self-fertile.

3. Specific fig wasps are required to fertilize flowers to produce fruit. 

4. Figs are not a true fruit.

Zone:

7b

Height:

3-6 m

Spread:

3-6 m

Colour:

Green
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Common Fig Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very desirable fruit make this plant worth the work to grow in our climate. Wood frame structures clad with clear plastic can be built to protect the figs that are planted in the ground. Figs planted in containers should be placed in a protected place for the winter. 


Ficus carica Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Edible
Edible
Long Blooming
Long Blooming

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous
Fruit

Flowering Time

Spring
Lt. Spr-Sum
Summer

Habit

Tree form

Foliage Color

Green

 Suitable Substitutions for Ficus carica