Brown Turkey Fig Tree

sweet and delicious fruit are so easy to grow in home gardens!

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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 produces 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 its leaves in freezing temperatures. Not to worry though, as soon as temperatures start rising again the fig leaves flush out to fill in its 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 Tree Growth Rate

The Brown Turkey fig tree size is  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 roots. 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 are 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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Botanical Name

Ficus Carica ‘Brown Turkey’

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 10-30 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit
  • Cold hardy
  • Attractive foliage
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Brown Turkey 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.

upside down test

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 Brown Turkey 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 Brown Turkey’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 Brown Turkey 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 Brown Turkey 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!

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  1. Austin Simms

    Bought 1 tree and it was very well rooted and had nice leafs. Overall a good purchase. Would buy again.

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  2. Bill Wimberly

    My wife has always enjoyed figs, so as her mother’s day present the kids and I wanted to give her a live tree. We could not find one locally, so my computer savvy son said “let’s look online” and found Perfect Plants. Tree came in today and we are happy. 4 stars because slightly smaller than the picture, but we understand they grow fast.

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  3. Lowndes Boone

    Tree was nice size, knocked off 1 star because the tree shipped without leafs. I have since found out that is because of winter.

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