Brown Turkey Fig
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Delicious fruit with bronze skin and amber flesh arise all over this cold-tolerant tree! Fruits on new wood, so even after a severe winter, the new branches will bear big loads of delectable fruit.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Native to the Middle East, western Asia, and southern Europe, Fig Trees have a long history in western civilization. According to archaeological remains found in the Middle East, figs were most likely our first agricultural crop, farmed even before wheat and barley. There is some controversy over the true origins of the Chicago Hardy Fig, but the most popular story attributes its introduction to a grower named Fred Born. Around 1984, Born was asked to do a magazine article on overwintering Fig Trees, and a reporter tipped him off to a large Fig Tree growing on Chicago’s South Side. Born visited the tree, got permission from the owner to take a couple of cuttings, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What a fantastic fig! Brown Turkey is the fig that you’ll want to have growing in your landscape; with it growing two crops a year, you’ll have figs for you and your friends. The first crop, the smaller crop, ripens in early spring, while the second, heartier main crop comes to fruition with fruits of larger quality and richer flavor. Fig trees also hold great ornamental value in the landscape with their attractive, lobed leaves and silver-gray bark.
Height: 10-30 ft
Width: 10-30 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
How to Grow
Brown Turkey enjoys being located in a location with rich soil in organic matter, well-draining, and of a moist quality. This fig enjoys soaking up warm rays, so an area with plenty of full sun or even partial shade would be ideal for this tree. A winter-hardy fig, Brown Turkey is the tree you’ll want to be growing if hard winters are what you see yearly. To properly winter Brown Turkey, be sure to place it in a protected location where mulch can be laid to insulate the roots.
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