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Ficus carica


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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


Ficus carica
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Plant details

Figs are native trees of Syria and Persia, and have been grown in Britain since Roman times. Although the species doesn't offer a reliable fruit crop in the UK, its still worth growing for its striking, lobed foliage. Give your fig the shelter of a warm wall. For fruits, try growing one of the cultivars, such as 'Brown Turkey'.

Family: Moraceae

Genus: Ficus

Species: carica

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 450cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: March to May

Flowering period: March to April

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