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Desert King Fig Tree

Desert King Fig Tree

Good Choice for Cool Coastal Climates

Standard

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 100
  • Harvest: August 10 to November 5
  • Looks: Light green skin, strawberry colored pulp.
  • Personality: Rich flavor, excellent fresh-eating quality.
  • Facts of note: Large breba (spring) crop, although if it is heavily pruned in the winter the breba crop (early crop) could be smaller or none. This variety prefers only light occasional pruning. Light later crop in hot climates, heavier in coastal climates. Well adapted to the Northwest and cooler portions of the South.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful.

Fig trees have been cherished for centuries, offering not only delicious fruits but also ornamental beauty to gardens. Among the many fig tree varieties, the Desert King Fig stands out for its exceptional flavor, adaptability, and resilience.

Characteristics of the Desert King Fig Tree

The Desert King Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Desert King') is a captivating deciduous tree that can reach a height of 15 to 25 feet when fully mature. It is known for its distinctive and attractive foliage, featuring large, lobed, green leaves that create a lush canopy during the growing season. However, what truly sets this fig tree apart is its exceptional fruit.

  1. Fruit: The Desert King Fig produces medium-sized fruits with greenish-yellow skin and sweet, honey-like flesh. These figs are often enjoyed fresh or used in culinary creations, making them a favorite among gardeners and chefs alike. They have a reputation for being incredibly sweet and flavorful.

  2. Adaptability: One of the remarkable features of the Desert King Fig is its adaptability to various climates. While it thrives in warm, Mediterranean-like climates, it can also be grown successfully in regions with cooler winters. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for gardeners in a wide range of locations.

  3. Fruit Production: The Desert King Fig is a prolific fruit producer. It typically bears fruit in the summer, offering a bountiful harvest that can be enjoyed fresh or preserved for later use. Expect a consistent yield of delectable figs from this tree, especially as it matures.

Caring for Your Tree

To ensure the health and vitality of your Desert King Fig Tree, it's essential to provide proper care and maintenance. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Location: Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-drained soil for planting your Desert King Fig. Full sun exposure is crucial for fruit production and flavor development.

  2. Watering: Figs are relatively drought-tolerant once established, but it's essential to water them regularly, especially during dry spells. A consistent watering schedule, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, will help your tree thrive.

  3. Pruning: Pruning is essential for shaping your fig tree and maintaining its size. Prune during the dormant season (winter) to remove dead or diseased branches and promote airflow within the canopy.

  4. Fertilization: Fertilize your Desert King Fig Tree in the spring with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and fruit development. Follow recommended application rates for optimal results.

  5. Protection: While the Desert King Fig is relatively hardy, it may require protection from extreme cold temperatures, especially if you live in a cooler climate. Consider wrapping the tree in burlap or applying mulch around the base to insulate the roots during winter.

Benefits of Growing

Growing a Desert King Fig Tree in your garden can offer several benefits:

  1. Delicious Fruits: Enjoy a consistent supply of sweet and flavorful figs throughout the summer months.

  2. Ornamental Beauty: The attractive foliage and the picturesque shape of the Desert King Fig Tree can enhance the visual appeal of your garden.

  3. Versatile Use: Use the figs for fresh snacking, baking, or preserving. They are perfect for making jams, desserts, and even savory dishes.

  4. Adaptability: Whether you live in a Mediterranean climate or a region with colder winters, the Desert King Fig Tree can thrive and provide you with a bountiful harvest.

The Desert King Fig Tree is a remarkable addition to any garden. With its beautiful foliage, delicious fruits, and adaptability, it offers both aesthetic and culinary benefits. By providing the right care and attention, you can enjoy a fruitful and rewarding experience with this exceptional fig tree.

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.

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Description

Standard

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 100
  • Harvest: August 10 to November 5
  • Looks: Light green skin, strawberry colored pulp.
  • Personality: Rich flavor, excellent fresh-eating quality.
  • Facts of note: Large breba (spring) crop, although if it is heavily pruned in the winter the breba crop (early crop) could be smaller or none. This variety prefers only light occasional pruning. Light later crop in hot climates, heavier in coastal climates. Well adapted to the Northwest and cooler portions of the South.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful.

Fig trees have been cherished for centuries, offering not only delicious fruits but also ornamental beauty to gardens. Among the many fig tree varieties, the Desert King Fig stands out for its exceptional flavor, adaptability, and resilience.

Characteristics of the Desert King Fig Tree

The Desert King Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Desert King') is a captivating deciduous tree that can reach a height of 15 to 25 feet when fully mature. It is known for its distinctive and attractive foliage, featuring large, lobed, green leaves that create a lush canopy during the growing season. However, what truly sets this fig tree apart is its exceptional fruit.

  1. Fruit: The Desert King Fig produces medium-sized fruits with greenish-yellow skin and sweet, honey-like flesh. These figs are often enjoyed fresh or used in culinary creations, making them a favorite among gardeners and chefs alike. They have a reputation for being incredibly sweet and flavorful.

  2. Adaptability: One of the remarkable features of the Desert King Fig is its adaptability to various climates. While it thrives in warm, Mediterranean-like climates, it can also be grown successfully in regions with cooler winters. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for gardeners in a wide range of locations.

  3. Fruit Production: The Desert King Fig is a prolific fruit producer. It typically bears fruit in the summer, offering a bountiful harvest that can be enjoyed fresh or preserved for later use. Expect a consistent yield of delectable figs from this tree, especially as it matures.

Caring for Your Tree

To ensure the health and vitality of your Desert King Fig Tree, it's essential to provide proper care and maintenance. Here are some key considerations:

  1. Location: Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-drained soil for planting your Desert King Fig. Full sun exposure is crucial for fruit production and flavor development.

  2. Watering: Figs are relatively drought-tolerant once established, but it's essential to water them regularly, especially during dry spells. A consistent watering schedule, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, will help your tree thrive.

  3. Pruning: Pruning is essential for shaping your fig tree and maintaining its size. Prune during the dormant season (winter) to remove dead or diseased branches and promote airflow within the canopy.

  4. Fertilization: Fertilize your Desert King Fig Tree in the spring with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and fruit development. Follow recommended application rates for optimal results.

  5. Protection: While the Desert King Fig is relatively hardy, it may require protection from extreme cold temperatures, especially if you live in a cooler climate. Consider wrapping the tree in burlap or applying mulch around the base to insulate the roots during winter.

Benefits of Growing

Growing a Desert King Fig Tree in your garden can offer several benefits:

  1. Delicious Fruits: Enjoy a consistent supply of sweet and flavorful figs throughout the summer months.

  2. Ornamental Beauty: The attractive foliage and the picturesque shape of the Desert King Fig Tree can enhance the visual appeal of your garden.

  3. Versatile Use: Use the figs for fresh snacking, baking, or preserving. They are perfect for making jams, desserts, and even savory dishes.

  4. Adaptability: Whether you live in a Mediterranean climate or a region with colder winters, the Desert King Fig Tree can thrive and provide you with a bountiful harvest.

The Desert King Fig Tree is a remarkable addition to any garden. With its beautiful foliage, delicious fruits, and adaptability, it offers both aesthetic and culinary benefits. By providing the right care and attention, you can enjoy a fruitful and rewarding experience with this exceptional fig tree.

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

Ships from Northern CA.

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: 5 - 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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