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Black Mission Fig Tree

Black Mission Fig Tree

Delicious, Large All Purpose Fig

Standard

  • Zones: 7-9
  • Chill hours: 100
  • Harvest: August 10 to November 5
  • Looks: Large, purplish-black skin over strawberry red flesh.
  • Personality: Rich flavored fig, good fresh, dried, or canned.
  • Facts of note: The favorite fig variety. Heavy bearing, long-lived tree, good on coast and inland. Well adapted to California, as it originated in the Spanish missions of the Golden State.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful.

The Black Mission Fig Tree: A Unique Fruit-Bearing Beauty

The Black Mission Fig Tree, known scientifically as Ficus carica 'Black Mission,' is a captivating and fruitful addition to any garden. With its striking appearance, deliciously sweet figs, and unique characteristics, this fig tree stands out in the world of fruit-bearing trees.

Appearance and Growth

The Black Mission Fig Tree is a sight to behold with its distinctive appearance. It typically grows to a height of 15-30 feet and has a spreading canopy that provides ample shade. The leaves are large, deeply lobed, and lush green, making this tree an attractive addition to your landscape.

One of the most distinguishing features of this fig tree is its dark, almost black, purplish-black fruit, which grows to about 2-2.5 inches in length. The fruit is pear-shaped with a slightly tapered neck, giving it an elegant and unique appearance compared to other fig varieties.

Fruit Flavor and Taste

The Black Mission Fig Tree is celebrated for its delectable fruit. The figs produced by this tree are known for their rich and sweet flavor. When they ripen, the skin turns from green to a deep purple-black, indicating their readiness for picking. The flesh inside is juicy, with a honey-like sweetness that makes them a favorite among fig enthusiasts.

The taste of Black Mission figs is often described as a harmonious blend of sugary sweetness and mild acidity, creating a delightful balance of flavors. Whether enjoyed fresh off the tree, incorporated into salads, desserts, or preserves, these figs are a culinary delight.

Unique Characteristics

Compared to other fig tree varieties, the Black Mission Fig Tree offers several unique characteristics that set it apart.

  1. Fruit Appearance: The striking dark purple-black color of the Black Mission figs distinguishes them from the green or brown varieties. This unique hue adds an element of intrigue and sophistication to both the tree and the fruit.

  2. Versatility: Black Mission figs are versatile in the kitchen. They can be enjoyed fresh or used in various culinary creations, from appetizers and salads to jams, preserves, and desserts. Their complex flavor profile lends itself well to a wide range of dishes.

  3. Adaptability: These fig trees are known for their adaptability to different climates and soil types. They can thrive in a variety of conditions, making them suitable for cultivation in diverse regions.

  4. Disease Resistance: Black Mission Fig Trees exhibit good resistance to common fig tree diseases and pests, making them relatively low-maintenance and easy to care for.

  5. Fruit Production: These trees are prolific fruit bearers, providing an abundant harvest each year. With the right care, you can expect a bountiful supply of figs that will satisfy your taste buds and can be shared with friends and family.

The Black Mission Fig Tree is a remarkable addition to any garden or orchard. Its striking appearance, sweet and versatile fruit, and unique characteristics make it a standout choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Whether you're drawn to its elegant foliage, the allure of its dark purple-black figs, or the culinary possibilities it offers, the Black Mission Fig Tree is a fruit-bearing beauty that deserves a place in your garden.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

Winter seasonal item. Pre-orders available this Summer/Fall.
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Description

Standard

  • Zones: 7-9
  • Chill hours: 100
  • Harvest: August 10 to November 5
  • Looks: Large, purplish-black skin over strawberry red flesh.
  • Personality: Rich flavored fig, good fresh, dried, or canned.
  • Facts of note: The favorite fig variety. Heavy bearing, long-lived tree, good on coast and inland. Well adapted to California, as it originated in the Spanish missions of the Golden State.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful.

The Black Mission Fig Tree: A Unique Fruit-Bearing Beauty

The Black Mission Fig Tree, known scientifically as Ficus carica 'Black Mission,' is a captivating and fruitful addition to any garden. With its striking appearance, deliciously sweet figs, and unique characteristics, this fig tree stands out in the world of fruit-bearing trees.

Appearance and Growth

The Black Mission Fig Tree is a sight to behold with its distinctive appearance. It typically grows to a height of 15-30 feet and has a spreading canopy that provides ample shade. The leaves are large, deeply lobed, and lush green, making this tree an attractive addition to your landscape.

One of the most distinguishing features of this fig tree is its dark, almost black, purplish-black fruit, which grows to about 2-2.5 inches in length. The fruit is pear-shaped with a slightly tapered neck, giving it an elegant and unique appearance compared to other fig varieties.

Fruit Flavor and Taste

The Black Mission Fig Tree is celebrated for its delectable fruit. The figs produced by this tree are known for their rich and sweet flavor. When they ripen, the skin turns from green to a deep purple-black, indicating their readiness for picking. The flesh inside is juicy, with a honey-like sweetness that makes them a favorite among fig enthusiasts.

The taste of Black Mission figs is often described as a harmonious blend of sugary sweetness and mild acidity, creating a delightful balance of flavors. Whether enjoyed fresh off the tree, incorporated into salads, desserts, or preserves, these figs are a culinary delight.

Unique Characteristics

Compared to other fig tree varieties, the Black Mission Fig Tree offers several unique characteristics that set it apart.

  1. Fruit Appearance: The striking dark purple-black color of the Black Mission figs distinguishes them from the green or brown varieties. This unique hue adds an element of intrigue and sophistication to both the tree and the fruit.

  2. Versatility: Black Mission figs are versatile in the kitchen. They can be enjoyed fresh or used in various culinary creations, from appetizers and salads to jams, preserves, and desserts. Their complex flavor profile lends itself well to a wide range of dishes.

  3. Adaptability: These fig trees are known for their adaptability to different climates and soil types. They can thrive in a variety of conditions, making them suitable for cultivation in diverse regions.

  4. Disease Resistance: Black Mission Fig Trees exhibit good resistance to common fig tree diseases and pests, making them relatively low-maintenance and easy to care for.

  5. Fruit Production: These trees are prolific fruit bearers, providing an abundant harvest each year. With the right care, you can expect a bountiful supply of figs that will satisfy your taste buds and can be shared with friends and family.

The Black Mission Fig Tree is a remarkable addition to any garden or orchard. Its striking appearance, sweet and versatile fruit, and unique characteristics make it a standout choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Whether you're drawn to its elegant foliage, the allure of its dark purple-black figs, or the culinary possibilities it offers, the Black Mission Fig Tree is a fruit-bearing beauty that deserves a place in your garden.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

Sub-tropical, drought tolerant fruit tree. Fig trees are possibly the very first domesticated fruit. There is evidence of fig cultivation as early as 4,000 B.C. The sweetest figs develop when the daytime temperature regularly exceeds 95°F. Figs thrive in most soil types, as long as it's well-drained, and they will fruit in a variety of climates. Fig trees need hardly any cold period to produce fruit. Mature fig trees are hardy to 15°F. Will re-grow from roots if winter-killed.

Mature standard trees grow to 25' tall and 40' wide if not pruned, semi-dwarf trees can get 12-15' tall. Figs need warm soil for their roots to start growing. Figs do not like to be planted as bare-roots and are difficult to establish, so we sell these No. 1 size trees (about 1/4"-3/8" caliper) in pots (4" x 4" x 9") to enhance their survival rate. Trees are 1 year old and should begin to fruit in same year you plant them.

See our article How to Plant a Fig Tree for more details.

Shipping Information

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Cannot ship via USPS.

Cannot ship via SmartPost.

Shipping Weight: 5.5 lb

Dimensions: 35.9"L x 3.9"W x 3.9"H

Features

  • Potted
  • Self-fruitful
  • Suited to Warmer Climates

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 7 - 9
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Chill Hours Needed : 100
Planting Time : Winter
Time to Fruit Production : 1 Year
Tree Size : Standard

Planting & Care

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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