Excel Fig Tree

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Tasty fruit and superior style - Excel Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Excel') is widely regarded as the best yellow Fig available! Don't settle for anything other than excellence when it comes to your Figs! This Fig variety produces large yellow fruit with high sugar levels late in the season. When ripe, they turn greenish-golden yellow and often feature freckles of sugar concentration.

It's undeniable that Excel Fig Tree produces amazing strawberry-hued succulent fruit, its form is also quite lovely. And with large vivid green leaves with three deep lobes and shiny gray bark, this tree makes an excellent container specimen. 

With a medium closed eye, these are some of the sweetest figs you will find. When you cut into Excel Figs you are gifted with syrupy amber flesh that you won't be able to resist!

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 8 to 11, Excel typically grows 15-20 feet in height and width, but can also be pruned easily to keep them at the right height for your landscape. Fig trees are partially self-pollinating, so you'll just need one for fruit. If you love figs, get yourself two or add another variety. Like most fruiting plants, a partner tree will really boost your productivity.

Planting and Application:

Figs belong in every ornamental landscape! The Excel Fig Tree is a wonderful edible landscaping tree adding a lush touch to your yard and attracting birds. If you don't want to share your harvest, plant yours in a fenced-in area and use netting.

The lush, large and lobed, tropical-looking foliage can screen out ugly views for you! Low branches provide wonderful screening to block unsightly views. It is also one of the best for containers grown as patio décor. Even pruned smaller and used as container-grown plants, Excel can be placed "strategically" to boost your privacy. Use them very successfully as a wonderfully useful hedge.

To create a solid, fruitful screen, plant them 5 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Grow them informally, not sheared. Learn more about creating a dual-purpose Edible Landscape in our Garden Blog!

  • Smooth Green Skin & Strawberry-Hued Syrupy Flesh
  • Late-Season Crop, Earlier Than Other Breba Varieties
  • Fresh Eating, Unbeatable Tarts, Roasted & Jam
  • Medium Closed Eye - Ripen on the Tree Without Cracking
  • Luxurious Deep Green Lobed Leaves
  • Edible Landscaping, Screening/Privacy, Containers, Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

To keep your Fig trees excelling, plant Excel where it can revel in the sunshine and produce some of the sweetest figs you'll ever try! Begins producing figs within two to three years after planting! They'll do best in very fertile, humusy, well-drained soil with a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over the soil surface. Provide moderate, yet consistent moisture access to prevent splitting. Use the Finger Test to determine when to water. Stick your finger into the soil near the plant up to the 2nd knuckle. Getting dry? Time to water. Still moist? Skip watering and check in a day or two. Prune when dormant to correct shape and control size.

  • Full Sun
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs To Prevent Splitting
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Low Chill Hours

The Excel Fig lives up to its name and you deserve one of the best Fig Trees known for their beauty, flavor, and refinement! Create a paradise of Figs with the fruitful Excel Fig Tree from NatureHills.com!

Fig Tree FAQ

At what age do Excel Fig Trees bear fruit?

Nature Hills ships Fig trees with mature root systems that are already 2-3 years of age and the typical Fig tree will begin producing fruit at 3-5 years in optimal conditions.

Where is the best place to plant an Excel Fig tree?

Fig trees, like nearly all fruiting trees and shrubs, need enriched, well-drained soil in a full sun location to flower and fruit the best.

Are Fig Trees Self-Pollinating

Fig Trees are partially self-fruitful but do best with a pollination partner. Excel is a medium closed eyed-type of Fig and should have another similar Fig Tree planted nearby to maximize pollination chances.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Fig Trees for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ficus carica 'Excel'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Summer/Fall
Pruning Time When Dormant