Answer: The Honey Fig tree you purchased was cutting grown so it was not grafted onto a rootstock. Therefore, any sprouts from the roots will be Peter's Honey Fig. It's unfortunate your tree died back during the winter months, but it happens all the time with figs, unless they are protected during their first few years in the ground. If you decide to replace the tree, the varieties most successfully grown here in Tucson are the ?Brown Turkey' and ?Black Mission' fig. Both are common fig varieties that do not require pollination to produce mature fruit.
Brown Turkey produces medium-sized, flavorful fruit with mahogany brown to purple skin. The fruit is best eaten fresh and is not good for canning or drying. For best fruiting, Brown Turkey requires heavy annual pruning to encourage maximum fruit production. Prune in the Winter when the tree is dormant and it is easy to see the overall form.
Black Mission produces larger, purplish-black fruit with excellent flavor, that can be eaten fresh, dried or canned. Only light pruning is generally recommended to provide a uniform shape and encourage good fruit production. Heavier pruning may be done to control size.
Best wishes with your fig trees!
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