Figs are mentioned in many of our earliest texts, and evidence suggests that these broad, deciduous trees have been in cultivation for thousands of years. The fig tree’s leaf, in particular, is a widely familiar shape that has provided some of the world’s most famous statues and paintings with strategic covering and a modicum of modesty. In the landscape, these large, deeply lobed leaves provide a coarse texture and cast dense shade. The tree itself is usually short but wide in stature with smooth, silvery bark, multiple trunks, and a remarkable tolerance of desert heat and sun.
‘Desert King’ can produce 2 crops per year, but in desert climates the first crop in mid-summer will yield much more fruit than the second crop in early fall. Very little pruning is recommended for this variety because it produces heavier crops on newer wood. Ripe fruit is large with yellow to green skin and dark pink to amber flesh. The flavor is outstanding whether eaten fresh, dried, or used to make preserves.
Height: 15 – 30 feet
Width: 15 – 30 feet
Bloom color: n/a
Flowering season: Early Summer, Early Fall
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F

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