Ficus carica – the common Fig Tree is an excellent plant for the exotic garden in shape and foliage giving the whole plant a very architectural appeal. It is a deciduous spreading shrub or small tree that is easy to grow and has the benefit of producing a tasty crop of fruit every year, though in hot Mediterranean climate two crops can be produced.
It has evergreen or deciduous, (depending on climate) leathery, simple, entire or often deeply lobed leaves and tiny flowers borne within a hollow receptacle which enlarges to form the fruit – the fruit is in fact an inverted flower.
Fig trees prefer exceedingly well drained soils in a full sun position for the best fruit. It also prefers a sheltered spot in our temperate gardens away from prevailing winds, though it is surprisingly tough and can tolerate some exposed conditions when established.
Latin name: Ficus carica
Common Name: Fig Tree
Ease of growing: Easy
Position: Full sun
Soil Condition: Well drained soil