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The Fig Tree is an unusual tree that bears fruit that is delicious and are used in many different ways for many different recipes. This fruiting tree is considered nearly trouble free and it goes very well in zones 8 to 10, and in colder areas if you give the tree proper winter protection.
There are two hundred kinds of fig trees that grow in North America. They each feature a broad range of fruit shapes and colors. When choosing a fig tree you it is very important to select a variety that is adaptable to your climate. If you are in a colder area than the Brown Turkey, Chicago or Celeste will be a perfect choice for your yard. This tree is self pollinating.
When planting a fig tree, plant it as you would any other young tree. Figs need a sunny spot in your yard where it is protected from winter winds. Be sure to place mulch and compost around the base of the tree. As the soil becomes dry, water it about an inch below the surface. If small branches begin to sprout at the base of the trunk called Suckers, begin to appear they take a shovel and pop them off.
Once you have mature fig fruit on your tree, you can use the fruit many ways. It can be eaten by itself, cut up in a cold or warm salad, or you can even bake with it.