photos of large trees?

catlady4444(7)April 24, 2010


I am struggling through my 3rd spring with figs...all died back to the ground but are still alive.

Since the massive snows this winter snapped my paw paws in half (after a *two* year wait for the varieties I wanted!!), I decided to grow hardy kiwi and elderberries instead. This has necessitated a re-mapping of the "orchard" and I decided to move 2 of my figs. I was delighted when I dug up my Celeste (which I received about 16 months ago as a rooted cutting) because its root system looks fabulous---I had to cut through some thick roots just to get it out of the ground. (I know: ouch!)

I certainly know that fig trees can grow quite large, but all this struggling has me feeling defeated. Most of the posts on this message board concern rooting cuttings, varieties, and swapping...but I'm wondering if anyone has photos to share of large fig trees in all their glory, so that I can 1) live vicariously and 2) know I was right in re-dedicating so much ground space to my miserable baby figs.

Thanks everyone,


PS I have Sal's and Celeste.

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

My guess is that you're planting these trees out with no protection. Figs require winter protection in your climate.
here's some info Figs care in cold climate

In the right climate fig trees can get large and glorious. Here's an orchard in Mallorca, Spain.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 11:34AM
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That photo is very inspiring! But...I am absolutely protecting them---following directions from this forum to the letter!!! Just having some bad luck, I guess.

Thanks for the photo!


    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 2:18PM
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I'm in 7b in Eastern Va. but "7" is not very far away.
I see figs here in Va. that are bigger than the one in the pic and I have never seen a Winter protected fig here...eventhough I am sure there are some. The trunks are different (not so straight) but I see larger crowns and I think larger trunks.
A long time ago I posted some pics of figs in Williamsburg Va. that are rather large.
There are other Figs in Seville Spain that make that fig in the pic look like a twig. There is a park in Seville that has fig trees that look like large Maple trees in size and shape.
I have a Celeste here in the yard that has about 7" wood in it from about 7 years growth. Only last year did it begin to be worth its space that it takes up.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 9:06PM
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mountainman0826(z8B TX)

Not that most people would want a fig tree that large, but following is an old photo of a Mission fig tree many years ago in California. The yellow arrow points to the man underneath the tree. The picture makes a case for why one might want to keep their figs pruned!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 9:55AM
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Here are 2 picture of large fig trees in NJ,your climate Zone.
They could be bigger but are pruned to this size because they are more productive when judiciouselly pruned.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 10:22PM
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giants_2007(10 PSL FL Sal)

This is the mother tree of my blk unknown located in NY It got trimmed down to 5-7 ft each year so it could be protected


    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 7:28AM
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