Figs are small deciduous trees with large leathery leaves. Eva is an early to mid-season fig and produces small fruit with green to purple skin and straw coloured flesh. The fruit is used fresh, dried or preserved.
Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick before they are fully ripe and use with-in a day or two.
Make long 30-40cm hardwood cuttings and plant deep (a third to halfway) into sandy soil. Keep moist.
The seeds are spread by birds and animals that eat the fruit. If sown in Winter, it will germinate in Spring to Summer.
Birds feast on the delicious fruit.
Attracts useful insects
Pollinated by fig wasp.
Once established, figs can endure droughts.
Use a huge container.
Make sure to drain well when young, but often grows happily along river streams and wet sites.
Fig trees can be espaliered into interesting shapes to make a hedge screen.
Three to five lobbed green huge fragrant leaves that turn yellow in Autumn before falling.
Fig trees originate from parts of Asia.
Soil PH preference
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Flowers form the edible fruit.
Culinary - fresh or preserved
White-Pink. The flowers are inside the green skin and actually the part you eat!
Fig stem borer and birds! Remove trees when Fig Mosaic Virus is found( yellow spots on the green leaves).