Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’

Fig, Common Fig

Ficus carica, or the Common Fig, is a deciduous tree celebrated for its delectable fruit and ornamental appeal. Native to the Mediterranean, Western and Southern Asia, this versatile tree reaches heights of 10-30 feet, boasting broad, lobed leaves and smooth grey bark. Its figs, ranging from green to purple, offer a sweet, succulent flavour upon ripening.

Well-suited to warm climates and well-drained soil, Ficus carica is prized for both its culinary and aesthetic merits, making it a cherished addition to gardens globally.

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Origin: Mediterranean and Western and Southern Asia
Genus: Ficus
Species / Cultivar: carica 'Brown Turkey'
Common Name: Fig, Common Fig
Synonym: Ficus carica 'Negro Largo' and 'Italian Brown'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 2.5-4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

To care for your Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey,’ ensure it’s planted in the warmest position possible, receiving full sun for at least 6-8 hours daily. Opt for well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil enriched with compost or aged manure. Maintain soil moisture, especially during the growing season, without allowing it to become waterlogged. Prune annually in late winter or early spring to shape the tree and encourage fruiting. Apply a balanced fertiliser in early spring to support growth and fruit development.

Expect your Brown Turkey fig tree to reach heights of 2.5-4 metres and a similar spread, depending on environmental factors and pruning habits.

Expert Tip

If you are growing this for fruit production, give the plant the warmest, sunniest position available. Ideally against a brick wall which will retain heat and encourage fruit set.


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