The Black Mission Fig tree is also referred to as the Franciscan Fig. The Black Mission fig is a large fig with purplish black skin, strawberry flesh that is the taste standard for figs. The Black Mission fig tree is the most productive variety, both of breba (early) crop, and heavy main (late) crop. Black Mission Figs are best for eating fresh out of hand or drying. The Franciscan friars brought the Black Mission fig tree to the California missions in the late 1700's. Fig trees are 2-3 feet in height when shipped. Please see below for further information on our fruit trees for sale.
Considerations for Black Mission Fig
USDA Zones: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Uses:Fresh Eating, Canning / Preserves
Harvest Period:Very Late
Origin: California 1769
Years to Bear:1 year
Recommended Spacing: 12-18 ft.
Mature Size: 12-20 ft.
Prune to control size and height
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our fig trees range in height from 1 ft. to 3 ft. whips. The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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