Common Fig (Ficus carica 'Jolly Tiger') in the Figs Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Espalier
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: A lactifer, the milky sap (latex) can be a skin irritant. Also present in some unripened fruit.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wasps
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Location: Mid Columbia Gardens, WADate: 2013-03-23The variegation is light green on new leaves in the spring, but m
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Comments:
Posted by psa (Richland, WA - Zone 7a) on Jun 27, 2013 3:52 AM

This fig is still somewhat rare, and difficult to get a hold of since Asiatica went out of business in 2011, though it is starting to become available. It bears an extended crop of large, dark purple figs. First year crops are not very impressive, but after a couple seasons the figs can be very sweet with moderate "fig" flavor, especially when allowed to fully ripen. The variegation is susceptible to burning in my hot dry climate under all-day sun, and the tree does not grow as aggressively as non-variegated types, but it is still robust and quick to mature. Like many figs it requires a very large pot or ground planting to grow and produce well, though I have also kept them small and ornamental in smaller containers for the last five years, as well. Branches and root suckers sometimes revert to all green or attempt to grow all white, so the tree requires a little bit of pruning to keep it variegated. Outside plantings here in zone 7 tend to winter kill to the ground without protection. Although none of my experimental unprotected trees have produced fruit in the year they died to the ground, they do get bigger each year and may eventually do so--I'm only going into the third year of this experiment.

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