Black Mission Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Mission’)

Black Mission Fig Tree

Fig lovers rejoice! Growing your own fruit is simple and easy with your own Black Mission Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Mission’). This prolific tree produces two harvests each year! This closed-eye Fig features purplish-black skin with strawberry-colored flesh, plus it is rich and sweet with a hint of berry flavor.

Known as one of the most abundant Fig species, the Black Mission Fig Tree produces year after year. It’s a wonderful choice, with sweet, jammy fruit bursting with flavor. How nice to be able to run outside and harvest incredibly fresh figs for snacking, baking and more from your very own tree! You’ll know exactly how your food was cared for over many productive years!

The fruit is outstanding for home preserves, canning, and drying, holds up to freezing, and is perfect for eating fresh as a healthy snack. The bronze fruits feature sumptuous red flesh and snappy edible seeds. Fresh figs are a true Epicurean delight.

These are partially self-pollinating trees, and a single tree will produce fruit, but you’ll get much more fruit with at least one more partner tree. These tiny trees are so attractive, you’ll want to add more than one, anyway. They’ll look amazing in the garden too! The green heavily lobed and ornamental foliage is so refreshing to behold!

You’ll be glad to hear that Black Mission Fig starts producing faster than many other Fig or fruit varieties. This means that you can enjoy a bountiful harvest in just a few years. It’s a treat to harvest two crops of figs a year. Whet your appetite with the early Breba crop on last year’s wood, then watch for the main crop in the fall from the tree’s new growth!

Planting and Application:

If you are baking for yourself and your family, grow one or more. Plant these small trees in the ground if you can! Olympian Fig has lush, tropical-looking leaves that bring a dramatic flair to your landscape with bold, very modern leaves. Let them become a very useful screening plant for you with that large, textured foliage.

Why not get several? You can easily create a hard-working screen to hide ugly views for you with a short hedge or in groupings. They don’t take up much space and can be kept much smaller. Custom-fit Olympian Fig into small space gardens with summer pruning for size control.

If space is at a premium, keep Olympian Fig size controlled with summer pruning. Decide how large you want it to grow, and then hold it there. High-Density planting is a time-tested, proven formula for modern backyard orchard agriculture. Plus you’ll increase pollination.

Create a stunning garden feature with a square planting of four trees, placed four feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next. In-ground 4-in-1 plantings should be thought of as a single tree. The only difference is that it has four trunks and one canopy.

Container-grown trees will always be smaller than in-ground trees. So you can grow fruit on the balcony, deck, patio or porch. Figs are tough and can be grown even in the heart of the city. Enjoy these trees near your patio. Take advantage of any low branches that develop for their wonderful screening to block out any unsightly views.

  • Award-Winning Selection
  • Striped Purple Skin & Red Flesh
  • Grow Two Crops a Year – Large Fruit is Deliciously Sweet!
  • Fresh Eating, Drying & Canning
  • Compact Tree Easily Fits Small Space Edible Landscapes
  • Grow in the Ground, in Containers or Espaliered to a Fence or Wall
  • Provides Useful Screening in the Yard

Tips for Care:

Give Olympian Fig trees well-drained soil. Full sun is best in the colder zones of 6 to 7, but elsewhere they prefer early morning or late afternoon shade. These trees don’t do best being brought in as houseplants, and do need to go dormant for winter, but can be temporarily housed indoors during extreme weather. Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis and apply a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over their root systems, and pull the mulch back away from the trunk.

Containerized Olympian Figs can be moved into position, and shifted through the season, as needed. Make sure you watch their water. They’ll want to stay damp at the root level. However, with Fig Trees, drainage is another area to focus on. You’ll likely want to drill extra holes in the bottom of your container before planting. Never use saucers under outdoor container plants. In fact, you’ll want to elevate the pot a bit using a smart plant caddy on wheels or bricks.

Prune in winter while your tree is dormant. This is one of the best to Espalier; a pruning technique that has been popular in Europe for generations. Prune these Fig trees while dormant and control size, keeping an open canopy for air circulation. Each year for a few years, you’ll want to prune up the inside of each tree. Make a good strategic pruning plan any time of year.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil & Containers
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune During Dormancy
  • Low Chill – About 100 Hours
  • Displays Deer and Pest Resistance
  • Performs Beautifully in Coastal Areas

Enjoy the many ways to enjoy the luscious fruit from your Black Mission Fig.

Black Mission Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Mission’) Details

Common name Black Mission Fig Tree
Botanical name Ficus carica 'Mission'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 7-10
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Spring
Height 20 - 35 ft.
Width 20 - 35 ft.
Sunlight Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant