Desert King Fig Ficus carica 'Desert King' #3

Desert King Fig Ficus carica 'Desert King' #3

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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.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Deciduous
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gray-green
Garden Style Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth Habit Rounded
Growth Rate Fast
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
Water Needs Low
Watering Needs Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion Plants Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Grape (Vitis); Lavender (Lavandula); Raspberry (Rubus); Fragaria (Strawberry)