Desert King Fig

Ficus 'Desert King'

Under Power Lines:
Yes—this tree is approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
No—fruit trees cannot be planted as street trees in Seattle. Fig trees must be planted within yards.

This self-fruitful fig thrives in Seattle, producing an annual crop of dark fruit with strawberry-red flesh. The fruit is rich and delicious.

Mature Height:

Mature Spread:
40 feet (if not pruned)

Dark green leaves with 3-5 lobes. Leaves grow to 4-8 inches long.

Produced within concave structures that become fruit.

Dark green fruit with strawberry-red flesh and excellent flavor. The Desert King fig produces one fruit crop a year, ripening in late summer. Self-pollinating.

Cultural Notes:
Be sure to give this fig room to grow. Prefers well drained soils and full sun. Self-pollinating.

Potential Problems:
Can be susceptible to spider mite, especially in dry conditions.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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