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Desert King Fig Tree

One of the most widely adaptable of all popular fig varieties the Desert King fig produces large, dark green fruit with strawberry-red flesh and excellent flavor. Known for a large crop in the spring, the early or Breba crop is by far the tastiest. Adapted to the colder climates where it successfully produces after temperatures' below 20 degrees
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USDA ZONES: 7-10 Outdoors, 4-11 Patio
 
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Desert King Fig Tree is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Ficus carica 'Desert King'

One of the most widely adaptable of all popular fig varieties the Desert King fig produces large, dark green fruit with strawberry-red flesh and excellent flavor. Known for a large crop in the spring, the early or Breba crop is by far the tastiest. Adapted to the colder climates where it successfully produces after temperatures' below 20 degrees. The early crop is also dependable on the coast or in areas receiving less heat and light. The Lighter second crop which only ripens in the warmest summer areas has a light crop but is sweet and meaty. Great Fresh, or dried the Desert King tree is a fast grower and dependably productive
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Strawberry red
Ripens:
June - August
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water/drought tolerant
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:
12' - 15' height with 12' - 15' spread, Desert King is a vigorous grower and without pruning can get quite large. It can be maintained at any reasonable height with simple pruning. Space 10 to 12 feet on center
Years to Bear:
1
Pollination:
Self Pollinating
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to 10° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
7 - 10
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 11
Chill Hours:
150 - 250
Size & Spacing

12' - 15' height with 12' - 15' spread, Desert King is a vigorous grower and without pruning can get quite large. It can be maintained at any reasonable height with simple pruning. Space 10 to 12 feet on center

10 to 12 feet on center

Planting & Care
Figs will tolerate any type of soil that is fast-draining. Figs require 8 hours a day of full sun and long hot summers to produce fruit. Most must be protected from cold Winters. The Desert King however can take considerable cold and produce a Breba crop each year. They like regular water to get started but are tolerate drought once the tree is established. Water deeply at least once a week the first year. The sap of fig trees can be irritating, wear gloves if you are sensitive to Latex when pruning the trees or harvesting the fruit. Figs are easily be trained as espaliers and do well in containers.
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