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Brown Turkey Fig

Item #20476, EZ Start®. Ships 1 - 2' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot.
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A classic, all-purpose fig. Fruit is delicious fresh and in preserves. Dried figs make tasty snacks all year long. Tree needs protection when temperatures drop below 10ºF. Needs minimal pruning. May yield 2 distinct crops in locations with a long, warm growing season. Grows well in containers! Heat-tolerant. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating.


Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Mild, Sweet
Texture Fleshy, Soft
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 10 - 20' tall x 10 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 10 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow fig trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have one and i like it
Michael B on May 22, 2016
My Grandma had a Brown Turkey Fig, Finally I will have one too!
Sabrina L on Mar 15, 2016
Have one and i like it
Michael B on May 22, 2016
My mom had this tree. I loved to pick them fresh from the tree. They are delicious.
Zardrelle A on Mar 30, 2016
My Grandma had a Brown Turkey Fig, Finally I will have one too!
Sabrina L on Mar 15, 2016
Because I have a fig tree currently and I enjoy them.
John D on Mar 12, 2016
Love figs and we seldom get fresh ones here in CO
Suzanne R on Mar 11, 2016
We had a little fig tree when I was a kid. The taste is delicious !!
Curtis C on Feb 20, 2016
My mom had this tree. I loved to pick them fresh from the tree. They are delicious.
Zardrelle A on Mar 30, 2016
Because I have a fig tree currently and I enjoy them.
John D on Mar 12, 2016
I planted our one year old Turkey fig in the garden, mulched it, and wrapped it in burlap. It is bare but has just sprouted a bud near the base. Should I prune it back?
BEST ANSWER: We have that same thing ... we are going to wait a few more weeks, probably until end of May, to see if anything happens to the parts of the tree above the new growth. If nothing happens by then, we will prune back until we come to live twig. We are new at growing figs! One reason we chose the varieties we did is because they are supposed to come back from ground if killed back over the winter.
Blurb says it grows well in containers, but size given is 20 feet x 20 feet. Which is correct?
DONNA A on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have the Chicago hardy and the Turkey fig. They are only a couple years old and grew about 18 inches taller in the two large pots I have for them. The pots I have them in are approximately 7 gallons in size and they developed a good root system quickly last Summer. I plan on letting them grow to about 6 feet in height and then trim them back to contain their size. I have seen Figs out west that were 12 feet high and about the same spread which were growing outside in a permanent position. I believe you can keep them smaller and producing inside if you train them somewhat like a bonsai specimen , just not quite as extreme. I have experience with bonsai and feel this will work for me as I probably can't plant them out in my zone 5b and expect the top of the tree to not be killed back to the ground. They do seem quite vigorous and adaptable so try this if you think your situation may be similar.
Good growing,
Bill D.
Stark Bros. highly satisfied customer
my fig tree died back during the winter months,will the sap come up on the branches in the summer???
johnny on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi. I have 2 brown turkey figs and 1 chicago fig that are about 5 years old. In western Pa, they will die back to the ground every winter but grow back in the spring. In our area I treat them more like a shrub than a tree. They still produce a fair amount of figs every year. After the killing frost in fall, cut them down to about 6' above the ground and cover them with some straw if they are in an wind exposed area, they will come back fine in the spring as a shrub.
Can a fig tree be moved to a new location?
Vida L on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes! MOST fig trees, that is. There are some, like the house plant "ficus" that my drop a lot of leaves if moved. However, most fig trees can be moved if done while they're young. You must get the entire root system, however, or the tree will suffer some what. Best time to move would be in late January or early February. Any other time of year, and the tree will suffer the move.
How fast does Brown Turkey fig tree grow?
Amy L on May 30, 2016

I live in the St. Louis area, growing zone 6, and the Brown turkey fig grew very quickly. By year two, it was about 12 feet tall. I got a few figs the first year, and a good number (maybe 1-2 pounds) the second year. Hope that helps!

My figs are not so sweet. What can I add to the soil for sweeter brown turkey figs?
Richard on Mar 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Do not pick the fruit early. Pick in the morning they start to droop. I don't do anything special with the soil. In the winter, the figs get my wood ash mixed in when I wrap them.

Customer Reviews

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Prolific, cold sensitive
We have had two of these trees for about five years. One grows large and the other remains small. They are cold sensitive and will die to the ground if unprotected when the temperature gets to 15 F, which is reached most winters in Cincinnati. Simply wrapping them in burlap is not adequate. What does work is wrapping in burlap, then surrounding with leaves held in place with a wire cage. The large tree is very prolific and is relatively hard to protect from squirrels and birds; because the tree is relatively tall (15 feet), netting is difficult and not very squirrel protective. We end up sharing with the critters. Fortunately, our several urban deer do not chew on them.
March 10, 2016
It's been a year since we planted it - it's growing and even survived a frost.
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
Brown Turkey Fig
The little tree arrived safely and, currently is about 3 times the size it was when I planted it, and has figs on it. I love it.
June 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
Brown Turkey Fig
Would highly recommend. My fig tree is flourishing! I'm very satisfied with the product, purchase and delivery.
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
excellent in greenhouse!
We enjoy figs and this product took very well to a center planter in our geodesic dome greenhouse. First year grew very strongly and this year we hope to let the fruit ripen to maturity. This year it came back and leafed out early with strong secondary growth. Looking forward to eating some figs now we have a sheltered (from bears and other fruit loving animals) place to grow.
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
So far, so good
I haven't killed it yet. The fig was hardy through the winter, although I did winterize it. It is growing a lot. Hopefully I'll have figs to eat!
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
Tips were broken but survived
When I got the fig tree, it was in a little pot. the tip was smashed and damaged, but I believe figs are very easy to grow, and they grow fast. My fig did not grow as fast as I thought, but there are many factors to it. The tree itself is good. Early this spring, the branches died, but the new shoots came up from the base. I'm in zone 7B North Carolina and that's normal for fig to sometimes die back. in only a few weeks, a lot of growths I'm seeing. I'm happy that it's not dead completely. No fruit just yet, maybe tree still young. Can't comment on fruit yet.
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
It is growing
So far it is growing. I am still waiting to see what it will do. I am happy with it. No fruit yet, but it is still too young.
June 19, 2016
1 year ago
Very Nice Fig Tree
Purchase this Brown Turkey Fig early last year. It was a stick when I received it, was very professionally packaged. It has grown very well. This year when I brought it out from the garage,where it is stored for the winter, it took right off and has been growing very nicely.
June 12, 2016
1 year ago
Froze back to ground level first year. Lush 6 - 8 ft growth with no buds yet this year.
May 17, 2016
1 year ago