Ficus sycomorus....Sycamore Figs

bronxfigsMarch 21, 2012

Does anyone grow this fig? The fruit must be pollinated by a specialized wasp that lives in Africa, but does this wasp also live in the United States?

This tree looks like a very interesting plant to grow. Can anything be done to the figs to get them to ripen without the pollinating wasp? I'm sure I know the answer, but I've learned some strange, unconventional growing tips on this forum, so I'm asking anyway.

"Trees of Joy" has this listed. Has anyone ever purchased one of these trees? How hardy, how big...etc?

Frank

PS...Can I train fungus-gnats to pollinate these figs? :)

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georgeinbandonoregon(z9 OR)

well, f. sycomorous has a native range thru much of eastern africa---it's fairly likely to be much more tender to frost than any form of the common fig. i think that it can get fairly large---to 60ft. or so...

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 9:43PM
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bronxfigs

george:
Thanks for the reply. I was thinking of over-wintering the tree in my house, and treat it like a tropical.

Frank

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 6:55AM
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georgeinbandonoregon(z9 OR)

sounds like a good idea to keep it protected in the winter as even the nursery website indicates that it is less hardy than common fig. likely this very interesting ficus is only reliable growing as an outdoor plant a USDA zone 9b or 10a at best.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 12:32PM
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