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Fig 'Black Mission'

Ficus carica 'Black Mission'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

7m

2m

Min

5m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick them before they are fully ripe. Use fresh, as they last only a few days after being picked.

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Fig 'Black Mission' Overview

The fig is a small deciduous tree with large leathery leaves. Black Mission is a mid-season variety and produces medium-sized fruit with a purple to black skin and strawberry to red flesh. It is popular to use the fruit - fresh, dried or preserved.

Common problems with Fig 'Black Mission'

Fig stem borer can live up to 3 years inside the stem - killing beautiful old trees or huge areas in orchards. Protect your trees by placing a soft bidum and hard gause around the bottom meter of trunk.

How to propagate Fig 'Black Mission'

Cuttings

Make 30-40cm cuttings while pruning in Winter and plant deep - about half the cutting under soil.

Seed

Sowing time Autumn to Winter. Space seedlings 4-6m apart.

Special features of Fig 'Black Mission'

Attracts birds

Birds feast on the delicious fruit.

Attractive flowers

Did you know that the flowers are actually forming the fruit? They are fused together and the inside are hundreds of edible flowers!

Attractive leaves

Large green leaves are 3 or 5 lobbed.

Drought resistant

Once established, figs can endure drought.

Hedge plant

Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.

Other uses of Fig 'Black Mission'

Culinary - fresh or preserved

Edible

Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved.

Medicinal

Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.