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Brown Turkey Fig

Item #20476, EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Size and suitable for growing area. Enjoy this fruit
Jane M on Oct 2, 2018
Price and stark brothers warranty
Michael B on Jun 23, 2018
Size and suitable for growing area. Enjoy this fruit
Jane M on Oct 2, 2018
Said it would grow in zone 6
Grantham S on Sep 2, 2018
Price and stark brothers warranty
Michael B on Jun 23, 2018
I want to be able to can figs like my grandmother used to do. Every Christmas she would bring out the little glass jars of spiced fig. It's just not Christmas for me without it.
Carolyn W on Jun 13, 2018
Popular and well known variety for the Atlanta area.
Monty M on May 21, 2018
Love figs, hardiness for cold weather.
Frank C on May 11, 2018
Many of my neighbors rave about their fig trees and the amount of fruit they produce I have a large yard and I thought I'd give it a try.
Farah M on May 5, 2018
This is a gift and we already have this tree ourselves that we ordered through Stark. Last year we got more than 250 figs.
CHRISTINE G on May 25, 2017
Friend has this tree for 30 years produces every year
Orville H on May 6, 2017
Diversity, i already own 3 chicago hardy.
Michael B on Mar 19, 2017
I fell in love with these figs while vacationing in California!
Barbara T on Mar 1, 2017
My mom has one and I love the fruit it makes.
Julie S on Feb 13, 2017
Looking for dwarf fruit trees that can be grown in southern California
Sophia T on Feb 1, 2017
Because I used to eat these when I was a child, right out of the tree.
Monica C on Dec 22, 2016
Cold hardy. Cool spring with late frosts, cool or warm summer, early autumn frosts (sept 9 this year).
Jennifer H on Oct 3, 2016
Fresh figs are impossible to get in the store, and this fig is hardy enough for my 6B hardiness zone.
Diana L K on Sep 13, 2016
Have Chicago Hardy in multiple pots and one in the ground. Want another hardy variety to grow nearby.
James G on Sep 7, 2016
I wanted a fig tree that grows well in Tidewater and would serve as a screen between me and house behind me. The last fig I had bore fruit but the fruit did not ripen. Probably not enough sun. Hopefully this one will do better in a different location.
Cynthia S on Sep 5, 2016
I wanted a fig tree that was suitable for my area and my yard (based on size of tree).
Alouis F on Aug 7, 2016
Love figs. Ability to keep tree contained.
James H on Jul 27, 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
Said it would grow in zone 6
Grantham S on Sep 2, 2018
I want to be able to can figs like my grandmother used to do. Every Christmas she would bring out the little glass jars of spiced fig. It's just not Christmas for me without it.
Carolyn W on Jun 13, 2018
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
can brown turkey fig trees be pruned to5-6 feet,and grown in a heated greenhouse in winter?
george w on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You would not need to keep it in a greenhouse; an unheated garage or shed will do. Fruit trees need a certain amount of hours below 45 degrees in order to go dormant and complete the fruiting cycle. If you keep it in a greenhouse and then outdoors for the summer, you'll get a lot of leaves and little, if any, fruit.
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: I have five fig trees, just planted last fall and all are slow in budding out. Give them time. Three years ago, lost all my fig trees, due to severe freezing, which is unusual for this area of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. Good luck! T. W. Adams
Is the brown turkey the same as a turkish fig?
Dee B on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, Brown Turkey is not considered a Turkish fig. The two most common fig cultivars in Turkey are Bursa Siyahi and Siralo.
Lifespan of fig trees?
Bryan M on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fig trees can live for decades, but they are productive (fruitful) for approximately 15 years with optimal care and maintenance. Bear in mind, location and other variables will affect the longevity of the tree.
will brown turkey fig bear fruit in northwest florida?
linda h on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My brown turkey fig tree does beautifully in St. Louis, Missouri, so I would suspect it would also do well in NW Florida. It's a fast growing tree; I had figs the second year, and more each year thereafter.
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!

Is there such a thing as a dwarf fig tree?
Golfer on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The answer is yes and no. You can prune your brown turkey fig so that is does not grow overly large. It also depends what region you are in. The further North you live, the more likely that most of what grows each year (woody growth) will die back to the ground each winter. It will sprout back out in the spring and bear fruit that year, but not as much as those trees further South where the woody growth stays alive during the winter and new growth is added to that which is existing. I live in Va and sometimes the winter is harsh enough that the tree dies back to the ground and sprouts new in the Spring, other years it adds to what is already there and keeps growing and those years we have quite a bit more fruit than the other years. But you can keep the tree "dwarf" if you prune in the late winter before the tree tries to grow in the Spring.
When should I prune my fig trees and how?
Marcelino P on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unlike most other fruit trees, fig trees typically don???t require routine pruning, but you can prune them to a size that works for your space. Many fig tree growers find that keeping them between 6-8 feet tall is most manageable, especially in a container environment. This is a very helpful guide to pruning all kinds of fruit trees:
Are the turkey Fig trees easy to grow in Idaho ?
Sally K on Jun 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't think so since they are not cold hardy when the temp gets to the teens. I have tried wrapping them in burlap but the only thing I think might help is to bring them inside in the winter..I dont' have room for that. The figs, when you get some, are really good.
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: It should unless you had a very deep frost.
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.
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.
do you carry dwarf fig trees?
Susan J on Jul 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: LSU Purple is a naturally dwarf fig; you can also plant Brown Turkey or Chicago Hardy if you live in a cold area and prune it to keep it as small as you want.
Is this variety truly hardy in Zone 5B? How should I protect it in Winter?
Priya V on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it truly is. Here is a great article about how to winterize your fruit trees, presuming they are planted in the ground: //
I have had 3 of these trees in ground for about 4 years in the spring the foliage starts at the bottom and works it's way up the branches but no fruit come winter the branches die and break off come spring new ones come don't know why the branches die off?
J H on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The tree dies back because the winters are cold where you are. This is normal for a fig tree of this type. The lack of fruit, however, is not normal. Does the tree get full sun and proper fertilizer in the spring? Have you checked the soil pH? The perfect pH for growing fig trees is a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5. If the soil is too acid or alkaline, it will not produce a lot of fruit, if any.
Will chipmunks, squirrels, birds, etc., go after my brown turkey Fig tree? I'm in zone 5b or 4. I have been bringing it indoors over the winter. What should I feed it?
Judy S on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not a problem for me
How can i grow roots for a limps of of a fig tree?
Zmlewis on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I make trenches at the end of the growing season to lay branches by the base
of the bush and cover those branches with soil and water them. You can also but
branches and lay partially under the soil and water and they will start horizontal shoots giving off new plants. Hope this helps.
How winter hardy is it? I am just barely in zone 6. Some people grow figs, but use chains to bend them over and cover with straw. I don't want to do that! Are they truly hard in 6A-?
Toller on Oct 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will survive temperatures of 10 degrees, which is quite a bit further north than 6A. Just mulching the roots should do the job. The tree may die back if you have a particularly cold winter, but will come back in the spring, just like a perennial.
Is this the closed end figs that do not attract wasps?
Berny C on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No fig is totally "closed eye", but Brown Turkey is not considered closed-eye.
Have had wonderful results with my Turkey Fig Tree for 5 yrs. Pruned some branches last year. Started out fine this spring but, leaves remained stunted and when fruit began, only grew the size of a small marbles ???? They did ripen and the birds and squirrels had a ball. Our weather has been extremely hot so far this summer--high 90's-100's. I'm elderly with many health problems and have not been able to water properly. I had good black dirt and pine mulch put around trunk in the spring. Most leaves have turned yellow and have fallen off. Please, let me know if it can be restored?
Rusty on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Even though most fig trees are "at home" in warm arid climates, very hot dry spells can adversely affect the fruit development. As for the yellowed leaves that drop, this tends to happen to my fig trees in late summer when the weather goes from very hot to rainy and back again, but the trees are always fine afterward. Once they're finished fruiting, they'll be more encouraged to develop vegetative growth (like leaves) until the weather cools and they shut down for winter.

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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
Good old reliable
I have a severe climaye in manhattan on the 11th floor -- extreme hot and cold on my terrace. I only buy plants rated for zones 4-9. I have pretty good luck with this variety.
September 4, 2016
over 3 years 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 4 years 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
over 3 years 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
over 3 years 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
over 4 years ago
Brown Turkey Fig
Figs have fruited and happy after two years. Stark trees are very good in my opionion
August 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
Very pleased
I bought the Brown Turkey last year and actually had several figs. This year after pruning according to stark Bro's recommendations the tree has grown like crazy. I planted last year in a five gallon bucket and re-potted in a larger container before putting it in the basement for winter storage. Note: I use the tree prep fertiliizer once a week. Hope for many figs this year
May 7, 2017
1 year ago
Vigorous and healthy!
We have had this tree for over a year now. It arrived healthy in a small pot, so we potted it and overwintered it in the garage the first winter. Planted it outside and it grew a little; protected it over the winter with heavy mulch, and it's growing like crazy in it's 2nd spring! Looking forward to delicious figs this summer!
May 15, 2016
over 4 years ago
Froze back to ground level first year. Lush 6 - 8 ft growth with no buds yet this year.
May 17, 2016
over 4 years ago