Desert King Fig Ficus carica 'Desert King' #3
This versatile fig thrives in cool climates, producing a large early crop even in the absence of summer heat. May set a second fall crop in warmer regions. The exceptionally large, green-skinned fruit has strawberry flesh of excellent quality. An attractive, prolific tree for garden or landscape. Deciduous.
Prefers enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Requires less water in fall and winter, more in growing season. Often root hardy to zones 5 and 6 with protection. Fertilize in early spring. Prune lightly in late winter to not remove the early forming spring crop.
|Average Size at Maturity||Quickly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Container, Espalier, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Edible, Showy Fruit, Sustainable, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Grape (Vitis); Lavender (Lavandula); Raspberry (Rubus); Fragaria (Strawberry)|