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Brown Turkey Fig Tree
The Brown Turkey is one of the most cold hardy varieties of fig, surviving single digit Fahrenheit temperatures. More details below!!

Brown Turkey Fig Tree

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Brown Turkey Fig Tree
Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  100  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinator: None required



Special Attributes

The Brown Turkey is one of the most cold hardy varieties of fig, surviving single digit Fahrenheit temperatures. It is a self-fertile, small tree that produces a heavy crop of medium to large sized, bell-shape, deliciously sweet fruit with purplish brown skin. Fruits are produced in summer and usually a secondary crop in the fall. The fruit is excellent for fresh eating, cooking, canning, drying, and jams, jellies and preserves.  Large, palmate leaves up to 10" long provide a tropical look in the landscape.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Interested in edible landscaping? What could be more enjoyable and rewarding than installing a landscape you can eat? Fig trees are a fine specimens for use in the edible landscape. Their large and bold leaves provide a tropical effect in the landscape and you'll be rewarded with loads of delicious figs!




Cultural Preferences

Fig trees will grow reasonably well in most soil types. They produce the best fruit in moderately to slightly acidic, moist but well-drained fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. In soil with low fertility it'll be worth your time to mix in some organic compost to the native soil. They like the soil to hold a good supply of water, especially when the fruits are developing in summer, but not so much water that the soil stays constantly soggy or wet, which can be problematic. The best and most fruits will are produced when trees are growing in full sun. However, fig trees that receive a little shade during the hottest part of summer days will still produce good crops.

NOTE:  In USDA Zone 7 it would be a good idea to provide some winter protection for your Brown Turkey Fig Tree. A heavy layer of mulch will help protect the roots during winter. Planting your Brown Turkey Fig on the east side of a home, or where it will be sheltered from north and western winds, will also provide long term protection during the cool season. 




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Ripening Period:  Summer, a second fall crop in warmer climates
Fruit Color:  Purplish-brown
Fruit Size:  Medium to Large, bell-shaped
Fruit Taste: Very sweet, excellent flavor!
Soluble Sugar:  11-12%
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  15-20'
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Green, insignificant
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Sun Needs:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt, Sand
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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