Brown Turkey Fig

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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.

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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.


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
A nice fig tree you can keep trimmed to a nice shape. Great for my location
stephanie c on May 15, 2021
I???m turkish and love figs!
Rena C on Dec 18, 2020
A nice fig tree you can keep trimmed to a nice shape. Great for my location
stephanie c on May 15, 2021
Grew them previously
Steve C on Jan 26, 2021
I???m turkish and love figs!
Rena C on Dec 18, 2020
Prolific producer of large great tasting figs
Ronald B on Nov 27, 2020
Grow something new
Deborah S on Nov 4, 2020
Good to eat.
Carol H on Nov 2, 2020
My favorite snack for 74 of my 76 years.
Jimmie R on Oct 14, 2020
Previous experience
Fred Battles B on Oct 4, 2020
Zone 5 Figs!
Candace D on Oct 2, 2020
Want to see how they do for me. Looks prolific.
Deborah B on Sep 13, 2020
I purchased this fig tree in 2018, but it died due to frost bite but I remembered how much I loved the fruit just before it died, so I wanted to try it again.
Anna D on Aug 26, 2020
I have never grown fig tree???s before. I???m giving its try.
Bethany B on Jul 29, 2020
My grandmother had 2 of these in her yard when I was a little girl. They were wonderful. They are also hard to find at any grocery. My grandmother made the best little fried pies out of these--kept them in her cookie jar. My brother and I really liked them. Unfortunately the recipe died with her. Since moving to the country I thought I'd like to have a fig bush and I'll try to find a recipe I can use to try to make little fried pies.
Mary S on Jul 14, 2020
They are yummy
Doug V on Jul 12, 2020
A different fruit to try.
Esther R on Jul 1, 2020
Will grow in our Zone
Fred on Jun 26, 2020
would grow better in northeastern zone
Catherine M on May 5, 2020
size, hardiness
Richard E on May 5, 2020
Wanted to have a FIG that can withstand our area's cold winters.
jose e on May 5, 2020
growing zone
Jeff B on Apr 23, 2020
Love figs and and i am familiar with this variety.
Tommy P on Apr 8, 2020
Because It had the best reviews and self pollinating. Possible previous experience with this plant.
Amber W on Apr 3, 2020
love figs--great jelly
Lee M on Mar 31, 2020
I love figs!!
Jonathan V on Mar 25, 2020
best for me and area
Stephen v on Mar 23, 2020
fill in sparse areas in the yard
VANESSA C on Mar 23, 2020
grows well in my area.
CAROLYN G on Mar 23, 2020
EDWARD T on Mar 23, 2020
something different, can be dried and stored easily am expecting, and on sale.
Allan M on Mar 22, 2020
John M on Mar 22, 2020
Bought two last year to give to one of our daughters who loves gardening. They have done so well in their tubs, survived the winter and these next two are for me!????Nola C.
Nola C on Mar 21, 2020
I like fig preserves.
Elizabeth D on Mar 16, 2020
I love fresh figs and they aren't available in my area.
Susan S on Mar 14, 2020
Friend has fig trees and they are awesome tasting
Rick D on Mar 5, 2020
I want to eat it
Jamelia S on Feb 26, 2020
I love figs and this one is supposed to be good for my climate, which is generally difficult for fruit growing (Alabama).
Nathan Kennedy N on Feb 16, 2020
Fig for my zone.
Cheryl H on Jan 25, 2020
Love fig preserve
DWIGHT C on Jan 21, 2020
Small tree compatible in my growing zone.
Sandra J on Jan 16, 2020
Maryland extension service recommended variety
Bruce R on Jan 10, 2020
recommended by a friend
John B on Jan 5, 2020
I like gigs and they are healthy. By the way I'd like to use this opportunity to ask you a question. I noticed you have two different fruits grafted on One Tree. Can you do this with two completely different fruits say pomegranate and fig?
Peter S on Nov 24, 2019
Figs are a personal favorite and I'd enjoy having home-grown ones.
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
Always wanted a brown turkey fig
T O on Nov 18, 2019
I enjoy this variety of fig.
CARRIE on Nov 16, 2019
Sister likes figs.
G Robert L on Nov 13, 2019
We had this at our old house and it was the focal point of the garden and incredibly productive. The kids loved looking for ripe figs every morning in the fall.
RITA PIN A on Oct 12, 2019
Hardy plants produces fruit in Spring/Summer
jose i on Oct 1, 2019
Ronald Z on Sep 13, 2019
I will be planting this at my home in Milton, FL. Ive done some research and found that this variety grows well here.
William M on Sep 8, 2019
Grew them previously
Steve C on Jan 26, 2021
Prolific producer of large great tasting figs
Ronald B on Nov 27, 2020
I am looking for the old fit bush. Five ripening late August early September. And fruit is large. The eye is open so does not to tolerate rain. What is name of that fig? Or will I need to root one from an old fit bush?
B E on Jan 15, 2020
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.
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
Lifespan of fig trees?
Bryan M on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My family has a very very large fig tree that was planted in 1784 (yes that year is correct) by my great great great grandfather and it us still alive. He brought the very young tree, as I understand it, it was a cutting from his father???s tree, over from Europe. It of course has not been productive for several 100 years. It is growing about 80 or 90 feet from a river in southern Mississippi.
You recommend putting your fig tree in the garage to overwinter. Buy my garage is not heated and it's close to the temperature outside. I'm afraid it will certainly die. Any suggestions?
john c on Jan 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My tree is still in a pot on my backporch. A friend of mine who also has a fig said it is necessary for the tree to have a cold winter in order to produce fruit.When a polar vortex is predicted, my tree will be moved to my garage.
Last year, I carried the tree inside for the whole winter.
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!

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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Hi there! Are your trees treated with any pesticides such as neonicotinoids?
James H on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We prefer to use more earth friendly, softer chemicals like biological fungicides and insecticides, horticultural oil, insecticidal soap, and insect growth regulators.
would this work in a large container?
morrine d on Apr 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Many people grow these in containers with great success, yes.
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.
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.
But how does it taste?
Anna G on Jul 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Anna, They were sweet, luscious and very fig like. But unfortunately they
did not over winter well and have since expired. These really need to be planted in the
ground with proper winter wrapping to ensure their survival. Still well worth the effort. Cheers.
Hi, I am a recent transplant from Virginia. I brought with me a potted fig, and I believe it is of this variety. We've babied it over the last couple of years, in a pot, and it's produced a few figs here and there. We were hoping to plant it. Would you recommend this? We are in the New London area of MO. Right now, it's about 5 ft tall. All of the leaves fall off, then they come back and produce figs. Seems to do this several times a year. Thank you!
Ken W on Mar 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We live in Upstate NY which is zone 6A. We have a few figs but there's a few things we do that you might find helpful. Around the tree we have a heavy layer of wood chips such as on the video: Back to Eden" gardening. Second, We went to Kentucky a few years ago to the Creation Museum. They have a tropical park there. I asked a worker how they keep those plants alive over winter and he told me they mulch over everything a few feet thick and remove in the spring. We did this last fall with raked leaves. They are still dormant at this time but I expect great results as a product of these two techniques.
Will this bear fruit this season?
sally on May 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am not an expert on these fig trees but can say that I did get a couple of small figs on my tree in 2017 and 2018. Just enough to taste them. My fig trees are in pots as I have not planted them outside yet. I am going to plant them this year and hope to get more and larger figs once that happens.
what kind of protection does it need below 10 degrees?
Mary Lou Sekula S on Apr 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As long as the temps do not stay so low, a few feet of thick mulch helps. Any part that stays frozen too long will die, but figs will resprout as long as the roots do not freeze.

When I lived in Pennsylvania (Zone 5), we had a neighbor from Sicily. He had a lot of figs, and in the fall would dig a trench out from the tree, trim it back hard, and after a day or so, wrapped it in burlap and buried it in leave, then covered with an old blanket and more dirt till late March. For more delicate figs, he dug them from the ground and planted them in large ash cans for the winter. In Arizona, I do nothing, but we're Zone 9 A here.My very best to you.
How long it will take to give fig if the size as you ship out?
Charlie C on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I know it takes time to get your plant established. This is only the end of my first year...
They grow like crazy once they get established, and the first year I had figs but they didn't have enough time to ripen. I'm anxious to see what happens this year now that it has wintered over.
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.
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.
Was the brownTurkish fig grown in a green house?
Destiny G on Mar 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I do not know if it was grown in a green house before it was shipped to me.
Once I received it, I gave it as a gift to a friend who planted it outside.
It continues to grow but she hasn't had any figs yet.
We live in Northwest Florida. Hope this helps.
I have ordered this fig tree and am wondering if anyone has ever had luck growing in the ground in the Finger Lakes area in NY ? I am zone 6A.
Natasha D on Mar 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: did not do so well the first winter, so last summer I built a sort of green house around it. It should do better this summer.No heat, just protection from the weather. The sun does warm it up nice though.
My new fig tree's leaves are curling downward almost entirely on the right side of each leaf. Otherwise it looks healthy and is growing rapidly. Any ideas what may be causing it? I thought maybe it wasn't moist enough but that doesn't seem to be the case, so my other thought is that it might be a bit too cold still.
Craig F on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Craig, I planted my fig tree indoors in a pot using garden soil. Garden soil is not intended for plants in a pot because the mixture is not right for potting. I then replanted my fig using potting soil and the leaves stopped drooping in no time. Garden soil is meant for outdoors. You may be able to research the difference. I hope this information helps you.

can I move a fig? how do I grow from a cutting?
judy k on May 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You need to make sure you dig it out with large root ball;
preferably early spring. Treat cuttings with rooting hormone and root them in sand.
How often should I fertilize my fig? I grow it in the ground and cover in straw over the winters.
Juan J on Apr 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Juan, Check out our Fertilizing Fig Tree section of the growing guide for the most up to date information on fertilizing fig trees.

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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
My Two Year Old Brown Turkey Fig, The Turkey
This was the first fig tree I purchased for my Central Alabama home (zone 7B). I received it in the spring of 2018 as a 1'6" stick on a stake. It put out leaves, grew about six more inches and put out a new lower stem last year. We had no cold weather this year, and all the trunk and branch growth is dead this Spring - despite I had protected the plant well with pine straw. It is now putting out small new growth and leaves from roots that were still living in the ground. It is again getting Stark Tree Pep each ten days - so I will see what happens this year. My two Stark Chicago Hardy Supreme trees are planted in the same area and both are doing great - already adding new Spring growth to their same trunks this year. Last summer, the Chicago Hardy Supreme I received the Fall of 2018 and planted, leafed profusely, and produced around 30 delicious figs - so I bought another in 2019. So Far, the Brown Turkey fig tree has never done anything much but make leaves, a little growth, and makes me think; "What A Turkey!". Maybe I should just dig up the small Turkey root growth and replace it with something else?
April 22, 2020
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 5 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 6 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 5 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 6 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
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 6 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 6 years ago
Froze back to ground level first year. Lush 6 - 8 ft growth with no buds yet this year.
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago