What determines the fig tree maturity; the roots or the wood?
It has been said in this forum and others that as the fig tree matures, it starts fruiting relatively early, ripening early and the quality of fruit improves (if other ambient variables stay the same). My question is what determines these characteristics related to maturity (i.e. early fruiting, ripening, quality and whatever else related to plant aging); the age of the fig tree roots or the age of the trunk/branch wood or both?
Putting this question another way, say a tree has matured and is 5 years old now and has started fruiting relatively early, ripening early and good quality, but one winter it dies down to the ground but sprouts back from the roots next spring. Will the new branches starting from the ground keep the above mentioned characteristics of the mature fig tree (early fruiting, early ripening good quality etc.) or will the new branches behave like a new tree and go through the maturing phase again requiring a few more years to achieve these characteristics related to tree maturity?