Ficus carica Scone - Figtree Scone, Purple Fig


  • Red-brown with dark red flesh. Large, flattened on top and a violet fruited variety from Central Europe. Its very hardy, cold tolerant and self fertile, making it ideal for UK conditions. The fruit size can reach up to 80-100g. Partenocarpic, so no need of the fig wasp for pollination. Suitable for pot growing. The fig is a well known fruit, cultivated since ancient times and grows wild in dry and sunny areas. It is mostly cultivated around the world for its fruits but it is also a great architectural plant with very ornamental leaves, plus the foliage turns yellowish in the Autumn. After their fall, the fruits often remain on the bare branches. We have different leaf forms, deeply lobed to slightly lobed. Figs can be found in continental climates with hot summers as far north as Hungary and Moravia, and can be harvested up to four times per year. Thousands of cultivars, most named, have been developed as human migration brought the fig to many places outside its natural range. Two crops of figs are potentially produced each year, but in UK conditions, it is safer to use varieties with one crop as the first crop would often be damaged by Spring frosts. Most common figs have all female flowers that do not need pollination; the fruit develops through parthenocarpic means, but there are varieties which requires the fig wasp for pollinisation (this insect usually cannot live in UK climate, this is why parthenocarpic varieties have to be used here to have fruits). We send out 6 months old plants (from cutting), potted into 8 or 9cm pot. Please check our shop regularly as we will have different fruited varieties on offer soon.


Other common names:   Common fig
Native to:     Mediterranean
Family:     Moraceae
Habit (UK conditions):  medium to large sized deciduous shrub or small tree
Max. size in 10 years:   4m x 3m
Main value:    edible fruits - it is a "false fruit" scientifically
Flower colour:    invisible (develops inside the infrutescence)
Flowering period:   late Spring
Autumn coloration:   yellow
Preferences:    wide range of soils, full sun (drought tolerant)
Hardiness:    hardy to around -15C
Is it toxic?    the milky sap is irritant to human skin
Is it edible?    yes, fruit is edible


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