A picture of a Fig 'Southern Black'

Fig 'Southern Black'

Ficus carica 'Southern Black'

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

Southern Black figs ripen in Summer. Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily - pick before they are fully ripe, but not too early - they will only fully ripen on the tree.

Fig 'Southern Black' Overview

Figs are small deciduous trees with large leathery leaves. Southern Black produces elongated fruit with a dark purple skin and dark cherry coloured flesh.

Common problems with Fig 'Southern Black'

Fig stem borer and birds! Remove trees with Fig Mosaic Virus(dappled yellow spots on the green leaves).

Fig 'Southern Black' Companion Plants

Shade loving plants

How to propagate Fig 'Southern Black'

Cuttings

Make long (30-40cm cuttings) during Winter when dormant. Plant them deep and allow to grow the following Spring.

Seed

Seeds are often spread by birds or animals that ate the fruit. Sow during Winter, but expect germination only in Spring or Summer.

Special features of Fig 'Southern Black'

Attracts birds

Birds love the delicious fruit.

Attracts useful insects

Pollinated by fig wasp.

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Use a large container.

Wet sites

Grow happily along streams and rivers.

Hedge plant

Fig trees can be espaliered into a interesting hedge screen.

Other uses of Fig 'Southern Black'

Culinary

Edible

Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved. The edible fruit is actually fused flowers with their seed.

Medicinal

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