The Brown Turkey Fig tree is an exception to the usual hot-blooded Mediterranean types of figs. There are many options for harvesting these medium sized sweet figs. You can bake with them, dehydrate and dry them for year round storage, eat them fresh or with honey, and fruit salad. You name it!
This versatile fig tree offers delicious figs that make a tasty treat all year round! This cold-hardy variety displays all of the best traits of a common fig including the magnificently shaped light-green leaves, smooth gray bark, and yummy edible purple-brown fleshed fruit. Contrastingly, unlike other brown figs it will survive winters in a variety of climates.
The ficus carica is cold hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7-9 making it great for the southern United States. Brown Turkey’s produce 2 crops of figs a year. There is a small crop in early summer and a second larger crop of figs that ripen in early fall. The turkey fig has a year round growing season.
This attractive deciduous garden fig tree has an interesting winter appearance because it loses some of it’s leaves in freezing temperatures. Not to worry though, as soon as temperatures start rising again the fig leaves flush out to fill in it’s appearance. The dormant season for growing figs is short since these trees only produce fruit in the south.
Brown Turkey Fig Care
Thrives best in full sun and average, well-drained soil. Prune the Brown Turkey Fig tree lightly annually for best growth. Not prone to most leaf spots, but spraying with a fungicide may help if you experience issues.
Be sure to water well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Once established, they can tolerate a dry spell or two.
Brown turkey fig trees can grow up to 10-30 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide at full maturity. They are exceptionally fast growers and the brown turkey fig tree growth rate is up to 2 feet per year.
These plants and trees do not ship bare root. They are rooted in a container with soil. The best time to plant a fig tree is in early spring so it has the whole growing season to develop its root system.
Edible fig trees is an easy to grow fruit tree and the brownish purple fruit are sure to please the tasting senses. Figs are self fertile and do not require pollination or another fig tree to set fruit.
You can even plant this fig tree in a container if you live in an area with cold, harsh winters. Just bring inside during the winter months!
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Ficus Carica ‘Brown Turkey’
- Edible fruit
- Cold hardy
- Attractive foliage
- Low maintenance