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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
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
Diversity, i already own 3 chicago hardy.
Michael B on Mar 19, 2017
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
Friend has this tree for 30 years produces every year
Orville H on May 6, 2017
I fell in love with these figs while vacationing in California!
Barbara T on Mar 1, 2017
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: From my experience a fig tree grown in the ground could grow very large. I know some neighbors who have grown figs in containers and they do not get that big. (Roots can not continue to grow in a container)Fig trees can, however, be trimmed/pruned if it gets too big.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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
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 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 3 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 3 years ago
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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
Froze back to ground level first year. Lush 6 - 8 ft growth with no buds yet this year.
May 17, 2016
over 3 years 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 3 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
11 months ago
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