Black Mission Fig Tree

sweet black fruit ripen in late summer through early fall

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The sweet, pear-shaped fruits with delectable red flesh make the Black Mission Fig tree highly desirable for fruit tree growers.

Originating in Spain, the Black Mission produces sweet, purplish-black skinned fruits with strawberry-colored flesh that ripen into a rich flavor. The ficus carica mission fruit appears in early spring and ripens in a sunny spot.

Loaded with flavor and vitamins, black figs are great for jellies and jams, and healthy, on-the-go snacking. Black fig trees produce fruit 2 times a year – one in late summer and a second in early fall. They may even produce a breba crop in the early spring The package deal for fresh fig trees!

Black Mission Fig Tree Care

This perennial fig tree is a heavy bearer of large size fruit and thrives best in full sun and average, well-drained soil. This makes it a great choice for easy to grow fig varieties that are long-lived. We love these black fruit-producing trees.

Its deciduous leaves fall off every winter so don’t be fooled into thinking it is not alive. Come spring and the mission fig leaves will flush out of control. Prune your fig tree after all frost has occurred for the year.

You can cut off any crossing or dead branches to encourage new growth during the spring growing season. This will help the tree grow to full maturity up to 30 feet tall after many years.

Black Mission Fig Tree Size

To establish a strong Black Mission Fig Tree root system, in the first year of planting be sure to thoroughly water the black fig tree a few times a week. Fertilize the tree once a year with a slow-release pellet based tree fertilizer like ours. Planting and caring for this fruit tree can’t get easier!

The Black Mission Fig cold hardiness is limited. These trees prefer the southern United States, the black mission fig growing zones are  7-10. This fig tree requires no chill hours. Plant the fig trees where the soil is dry and well-drained. You can even plant the black mission fig tree in a container if you live in an area with harsh winters.

The mission figs for sale are not bare root trees. They come rooted in a container in the soil for the health and safety of the tree.

Visit our Fig Grow Guide for information on fig tree care, fruit production, planting trees, and more.

Shop the Black Mission Fig tree for sale.

Read more about other fig varieties to learn which is the best for you and our Growing Fruit Trees in Containers Blog.

Botanical Name

Ficus carica 'Black Mission'

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 10-30 ft
Mature Width 15-30 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit
  • Drought tolerant
  • Self-pollinating
  • Prolific producer

Shipping Info

Once your Black Mission Fig Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Black Mission Fig Tree prefers full sun and more alkaline soil for ideal fruit production. Some protection might be beneficial in Northern climates, such as planting along a South-facing wall. They adapt well to different well-drained soil types. They are drought tolerant, but should be watered regularly until established and during extended dry spells.

The Black Mission’s fruit will emerge small and green and become a deep purplish brown when ripe to pick. A small crop may be ripe in the spring, the main crop often ripens in early fall. Northern climates will likely see the Black Mission Fig freeze down to the roots especially while young, but it will re-sprout with renewed growth in the spring.

Little pruning is required for this tree, although rubbing or crossover branches should be removed. This self-pollinating Fig will produce fruit without needing a second tree. A 10 to 20 foot clearance from structures should be considered when planting.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Black Mission Fig Tree, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Black Mission Fig Tree

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  1. Ashley Peterson

    Our fig was slightly shorter than the photo but I still give it 5 stars because it was very green and healthy. Can’t wait to eat my figs when the tree produces.

    Ashley Peterson

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  2. Boone Pickens

    Tree they shipped to me was over 3ft tall and very green.

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

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  4. dgranruth (verified owner)

    Just received the black mission fig. It arrived well packaged and looks healthy. We are planting it in a larger pot for now. So looking forward to watching it grow. Can’t wait to get my first figs. Thank you!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi there, thank you for your feedback on our Black Mission Fig tree. We are so glad it arrived safe and sound and that you love it! :) Happy planting!

  5. Deborah G. (verified owner)

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    Absolutely love my fig tree. I have it in a pot right now and plan to plant it in a larger pot later. It arrived in perfect condition and has actually grown quite a bit since I received it. The first two photos are how it looked when I received it after potting. The last photo is the current condition. Super healthy! Couldn’t be happier! Thank you!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Deborah, thank you for your kind words on our Black Mission Fig Tree. Enjoy your figs!!

  6. Mike (verified owner)

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    I purchased two Black mission fig trees And both of them lost all their leaves within 2 weeks Of me receiving them. I was refunded the amount I paid for the trees but not for the shipping. That was a total waste of over $25. The figtrees in the 3 gallon pots looked nothing like the photograph shown on the Internet. Very disappointed

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Mike, we thank you for your feedback on our Black Mission fig tree. Shedding of the leaves can happen after they have been in a box for a few days in transit to their destination. Trees and shrubs by nature will occasionally shed leaves as their natural way of protecting themselves from heat or lack of sunshine, which are all potential possibilities in the shipping process. Additionally, I still believe your trees will bounce back and end up flushing out with new leaves. Please apply the slow-release fertilizer we sent asap to give the trees a good boost of nutrients. If there is anything else we can do to improve your experience please let us know.

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