Black Jack Fig Tree

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Sweet Fruit Dwarf Size - Black Jack Fig Tree!

  • Rich-Purple Skinned Fruit
  • Rosy Pink Flesh
  • Sweet Huge Fruit
  • Dwarf Sized!
  • Heavy Producer
  • Self-Pollinating
  • Fresh Eating, Preserves & Dried
  • Long Summer to Fall Harvest
  • Wildlife Tree
  • Privacy & Specimen Trees
  • Vibrant Green Lobed Leaves
  • Drought Tolerant & Cold Hardy
  • 100 Chill Hours

If you're a true Fig lover, and really who isn't, then you'll appreciate this space-saving dwarf variety! The Black Jack Fig is a beautiful and exotic-looking tree that's all the rage in growers' circles! Beloved for the bumper crop of delicious Figs it turns out each year without fail.

Black Jack Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Black Jack') produces large, teardrop-shaped, purplish fruit that hangs in clusters. The flesh of the Black Jack Fig is strawberry red, super juicy and succulently sweet. The Black Jack Fig starts out green before turning to the telltale rich-purple indicating it's ready for harvest!

The taste of the Black Jack is phenomenal, which is why it is often eaten fresh, right from the tree. Some growers make these Figs into preserves. They're also great for drying, which is a good way to preserve a large yield so that you can enjoy them all year long.

The Black Jack is an overachiever by any standards, producing bushels of Figs from mid-summer all the way through the month of September! There’s so much to love about this tree, plus local wildlife will love it too!

How to Use Black Jack Fig Tree In The Landscape

It is a dwarf, so it is naturally small, making it a great choice for landscapes where space comes at a premium. Let grow to full height for a fantastic specimen, trimming off lower branches to give your Fig a tree-like appearance.

Or keep those lower limbs intact and use this large shrub as hedging and screening along your property! A hedgerow of fruit trees makes for a fantastic spread on your dinner table, but also property definition and privacy that serves double duty!

After all, why shouldn’t your landscaping provide you more than just curb appeal? Imagine the desserts, jam and snacks you’ll create with these luscious fruits?

For Fig enthusiasts living in colder climates, or those who garden on their porch or balcony, the Black Jack is highly adaptable to container growth! Hardy in USDA zones 7 through 10, Northern gardeners can just bring it inside when the mercury starts to plummet.

Pot up into planters or containers to place around your seating areas or a pool for a tropical and Mediterranean feel! Or plant one in your backyard where you’ll be able to enjoy the bright green, lobed foliage and great shape this tree has when it’s in all its summer glory!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees require the full sun for the best health and fruit! Site your tree in at least 6 hours of direct light per day, favoring the drying power of the morning sunshine.

Requiring moderately fertile and moderately moist soil, these are adaptable trees once established. Just give them some water and fruit tree fertilizer during the growing season, and some extra water throughout the summer, especially if your tree is in a pot.

Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots when planting your tree. Choose soil that is very well-drained, because one thing a Fig doesn’t like is soggy soil.

Black Jack Figs is self-pollinating, so it doesn't need any special species growing nearby to ensure its productivity. Start with one or two and we're sure you'll add more when you see how easy the Black Jack is to grow! Prune when dormant to control the size and remove any crossing branches, dead limbs, and to maintain an open canopy.

We take pride in delivering you the highest quality trees. When you purchase a Nature Hills fruiting plant, you'll receive a very well-rooted plant. Enjoy the Black Jack Fig Tree by ordering one from today!

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.

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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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Very Popular Dwarf Fig Was an Instant Hit

The Black Jack Fig was an introduction by the Armstrong Nursery of southern California, and it was an instant hit. Figs have been grown for hundreds of years in California and they are known to get quite large.

The Black Jack Fig was promoted as a dwarf Black Mission type early during its introduction in the 1980's, and the demand went wild.

The large size of the fig did cause some discrepancy within the fig community, however. Some saying that in fact it was a Brown Turkey type and became known to some as the California Brown Turkey. There was no denying that the flavor was superior to both, and as such, the Black Jack has proven itself to be a unique variety.

The Black Jack has many qualities of adaptation, but it's one short fall is the lack of cold hardiness. Nonetheless, the Black Jack has become popular in the hot interior valleys and to some degree on the coast. Because the Black Jack has a tight or closed eye, it's a great candidate for Texas and Southern seaboard fig growers.

Black Jack requires full sun and heat in any location it is used and is considered one of the better figs for containers. This makes it attractive to both the slightly colder climates, of Zone 7 where Black Jack is brought into protection during the winter.

This is perfect for the fig grower looking to accent their patio with a beautiful fruit producing fig in any climate. The Black Jack fig is very easy to grow in a container with simple pruning to control size and keep the plant from getting too leggy.


Black Jack Fig Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ficus carica 'Black Jack'
Type Deciduous
Size Dwarf
Mature Height 10 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 7 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No