Cold-Hardy Fig with Delicious Fruit
Brown Turkey Fig is a cold-hardy variety of fig tree with a delectable harvest. Grow one in a sunny corner or as a background planting for a seasonal bed. You can also easily grow one in a container on your front porch. However you use the Brown Turkey, it’s sure to be an enjoyable choice for your home!
Your Brown Turkey Fig is most valued for its delicious harvest. Ready for picking in late summer/early fall, the fruit is medium to large, with a reddish-brown skin highlighted with a purple hue. The pulp is reddish-pink and of wonderful quality.
Those who prize Brown Turkey figs praise the milder flavor and subtle sweetness that works well in many dishes. The fruit is even outstanding for home preserves.
Even without its fruit production, Brown Turkey Fig presents a lovely appearance for your landscape. Its light green leaves fill out the grey branches well, and its moderate growth rate endures that you won’t have to wait long for your Brown Turkey to reach maturity.
Brown Turkey Fig will grow 15-25 feet in height with an equal spread. It doesn’t mind if you prune it, and will easily adapt to a multi-stemmed shrub appearance if you prefer.
Brown Turkey doesn’t need a pollinator, so you can start out with just one if you like. It’s widely adaptable to soil conditions so there’s no need to fuss over it.
Deer tend to pass the Brown Turkey by, but birds will appreciate sharing some of the fruit, and are good about cleaning up whatever you pass over.
The Brown Turkey Fig is a terrific choice in a fig tree that is cold-hardy, lovely to look at and provides delicious fruit every year. Why not try one today!
* Sumptuous fruit
* Wildlife interest
* Loves the sun
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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Many People Brought this Beloved Fig to America
The Brown Turkey Fig has long been debated because of the dozens of names that have been associated with it through the years. As far back as the early 1700's, names like Ashridge Forcing, Common Blue, Italian Large Blue and Lee's Perpetual are but a few of the many names associated with what has become known as the Brown Turkey Fig.
Most fig varieties found their way here from Europe at one time or another. Fig wood cuttings, with their ability to be kept for long periods, allowed many varieties to come with immigrants as they made their way to the new world. The famous Black Mission Fig is just such an example brought by the early Spanish missionaries.
The Brown Turkey is first cited as being brought into Britain in the late 18th century. At first figs were not appreciated and quite often not even accepted by the lower-class society. In time though they were accepted and sought after.
In 1826, the Royal Horticultural Society at Chiswick had as many as 75 different cultivars of figs. Many of these, including the Brown Turkey, would slowly make their way to the United States.
The Brown Turkey fig came to the United States sometime in the early 1800's. It gets confusing, because there are even more names became associated with the Brown Turkey, such as: Aubique Noire, Negro Largo and San Piero.
Though known to be planted all over the United States, the Brown Turkey was brought to the California Experimental Station by W.B. West from Boston in 1853. With another group of cuttings coming in 1883, brought by John Rock from England, undoubtedly from the research station in Chiswick.
Still to this day, confusion lies between the Brown Turkey and the Texas Everbearing. Both are almost identical with the difference being the closed eye of the Texas Everbearing and the open eye of the common Brown Turkey.
The Brown Turkey is not terribly cold hardy, but by protecting the crown it can die back to the ground and come back the next season to produce a main crop. A natural dwarf because of its bush like habit, the Brown Turkey requires hard pruning to keep its wide spreading nature under control and promote a heavy main crop each season.
In prime fig growing regions, Brown Turkey will produce a good early Breba crop as well as a main crop. One of the best to espalier; which was popular in Europe to protect them from the winter cold. It is one of the best for containers grown for patio décor and is able to be brought in for winter protection.
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'|
|Mature Height||10 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 to 5 years|