Black Mission Fig or Brown Turkey?


The Black Mission Fig is a self pollinating tree, and is one of the most dependable backyard varieties sold today. This tree produces a large fruit with a purplish-black skin during both the summer and the fall months. The average size of this plant is 40 feet high and 60 feet wide and requires full sun exposure and regular watering. These large, full-flavored fruits can be eaten fresh or used for drying and canning purposes.

To plant your Black Mission fig outdoors, dig a hole the same size as its container and twice as large around in diameter. Figs do well in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Break up the soil at the bottom of the hole with the tip of your spade to soften it and help the roots penetrate easily.



Brown Turkey figs are sweet, delicious fruits that have rusty red to purplish skin and richly toned pink flesh. The trees are suited for a Mediterranean climate and produce prolifically, which in some areas makes them invasive.


Growing a Brown Turkey Fig Tree

Like most fruit trees, it grows best in full sun. It prefers loose, well-draining soils and is often found in the sandy soils of coastal areas. Brown turkey fig can reach heights of 20 feet or more, but the tree responds well to pruning, so there's no need to let it get so large.