Osborne Prolific Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Osborne Prolific’)
Osborne Prolific Fig Tree
The delightful Peter’s Honey Fig produces very sweet, shiny, and high-quality fruit! Featuring a syrupy and honey-like flavor, Peter’s Honey Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Peter’s Honey’) is superb and will melt in your mouth!
These uniquely sweet, greenish-yellow fruit with dark-amber flesh, the first harvest ripens in May and produces a later crop in October-November. This breba Fig has a very small, closed-eye small to medium-sized fruit!
The beautiful, shiny lobed leaves put on a show all summer! Growing into a sizeable 15 – 25 feet in height and 12 – 15 feet wide, they can also be pruned easily to keep them at the right height for you. You can prune this into either a shrubby fruiting bush with its limbs low to the ground for easy harvesting, or ‘limb it up’ and expose the trunk and create a multi-branched umbrella-shaped canopy! Either way, you’ll love the lush lobed foliage, soft texture, and delicious fruit this edible landscaping tree produces!
The size of this tree will vary with the climate where it is being grown. In warm climates, they grow larger. In-ground trees can be used as a marvelous backdrop along a fence line. In growing Zones 6 and 7, just cover it well, or bring your container into an unheated garage or shed to go dormant over the winter.
In USDA hardiness Zones 6 and 7, in-ground plants may die back to the ground each year. They’ll become a shrubbier plant with new growth from the roots each year. Consider them a landscape shrub that needs winter protection.
These are delectable and indulgent fruit, perfect for fresh eating, drying and canning too! Desserts and sauces become divine with the honeyed, syrupy flavor imparted by Peter’s Honey Fig!
Lovely edible ornamentals in their own right, these lend a tropical aesthetic to patios or garden beds, and front garden landscaping alike!
Use as a large shade tree over your garden beds, while also providing a gorgeous specimen tree for your front yard landscaping! Just be sure to plant it where you’ll easily reach this indulgent harvest!
Adding an exotic, Mediterranean look to your formal and informal gardens, Peter’s Honey Fig is a picturesque addition to your home! Prune smaller for use in pots and containers, or leave as a shrub for privacy that you and your wildlife can enjoy! This is one of the best trees to train as an Espalier for an incredible conversation piece.
Use as a shelterbelt, include in windbreaks, and plant in rows for privacy, screening and hedgerows or groups along your property line!
These attractive deciduous garden trees thrive in USDA zones 6 through 10. If a Fig is killed to the ground because of cold weather, it will come up with new growth when the weather warms up!
An excellent way for Figs to produce ripe fruit in colder climates is to plant your potted tree in the ground when the weather warms up, pot and all! Keep the rim a few inches above ground level. The roots grow through the drain holes of the pot in search of nutrients. When the leaves fall in late autumn, dig up the pot and store it inside your home, a greenhouse or an enclosed porch. Then replant again next spring!
It is easy to grow a Fig tree! With good cold tolerance, Figs require a warm location with a Southern exposure in order to ripen the fruit, especially in the maritime Northwest. In other words, it requires a sunny, hot exposure in cooler areas. Provide at least 6 hours of full, direct sun for best results, but those in the hottest of its climate range will find their tree appreciates a touch of afternoon shade to protect it from the summer sun and heat.
Tolerant of poor soil and alkaline conditions, you’ll find your tree fruits best when planted in average to moderately fertile soil that is very well-drained. Water just enough to establish, then provide moderate moisture during the growing season. These are low-maintenance and easy-care plants, so sit back and enjoy the delectable fruit! All plants appreciate a thick layer of mulch over their root systems, and you’ll appreciate the savings on your water bill. Pull mulch back 6 inches back from the trunk.
Peter’s Honey Fig Tree will delight you with tasty, unique fruit for years to come
|Common name||Osborne Prolific Fig Tree|
|Botanical name||Ficus carica 'Osborne Prolific'|
|Harvest time||Two Crops Per Year|
|Height||20 - 30 ft.|
|Width||20 - 30 ft.|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|