fig tree at a public park

Rigo76443(7B)July 14, 2013

found a fig tree at a public park where visitors can pick ripe figs. only picked a few compared to what was on the tree. i did get a few cuttings from tree. i talked with aborist who takes care of the park and he said it was a brown turkey fig. it has been there for over 20 years.
location of tree : hampton Virginia

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Rigo76443(7B)

picture of the tree

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 8:38PM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

Cool. There is a large, mature fig tree in an abandoned lot in my county. I believe it's a White Genoa (not really my favorite). The locals all pick from it in August every year, but I grow my own figs: still, it's nice to know that fig culture is getting out there.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:49AM
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Rigo76443(7B)

i wish more cities would plant edible landscaping so people could pick fruit for free and would cost the same to maintain as any other tree.

we are here visiting for summer break but at home in Texas i have over 20 different types of figs .

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 2:32PM
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radovan

Rigo, very nice to hear about it although it's not brown turkey.
Rigo, I wish I'm your neighbour and to help you eat your figs.

Greetings from Serbia

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 9:00PM
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stepandfetch(NC 7B)

^^^ Although most Southern BT figs are darker, I have picked quite a few brown turkey figs that were of that color.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:12AM
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radovan

the shape, size and colour do reflect another type of fig?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:12AM
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fignewbies

Hi,

That is so cool to be able to pick fruit at a park!
I wish for that but it is far too cold for the fig tree to
grow where I live!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 2:23PM
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Rigo76443(7B)

i was on vacation in the area when i found it, i talked to the arborist about it and he gave me permission to pick a few to eat. i gone back twice and picked some to eat now. i took 6 cuttings and i went ahead and put 1 cutting in soil to see if i can get it to root before i go back to texas.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 7:14PM
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beachpeach(7b)

" Posted by Rigo76443 7B (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 15, 13 at 14:32

i wish more cities would plant edible landscaping so people could pick fruit for free and would cost the same to maintain as any other tree. "

Totally second this! Pears and plums would be nice too.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 12:52PM
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cobb4861

Our park just a few blocks from the house has several large fig tree's along with a few peach and plum tree's. I am sure the figs are Brown Turkey, but they are beautiful and produce a ton of figs. The neighborhood started in the 60's and I think that is when the parks were put in. So that might give a go by for the age of the trees. But in Houston they get HUGE!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 10:52PM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

I used to wish more cities would plant edible landscaping too, until I realized just how messy a tree can get if it's not tended and harvested religiously during ripening season. I have 3 peach trees which are several years old and have become very productive. The problem is the birds. They get to the ripe fruit before I can and peck holes in them, knock them off the branches and cause them to bruise and rot on the ground. Nobody wants to eat a bird-pecked piece of fruit nor pick them up after they've been on the ground and started to rot on the bottom. If I go two days without cleaning up the mess, it gets mushy and wet, starts to ferment, rot, and stink. You can smell this from the lot next door.

*If* the city would spray their fruit trees for pests, *if* they would employ extra people to clean up around the trees for what falls, and *if* they could figure out a system to keep birds away, then having fruit trees on public property would be a great idea. Otherwise, welcome to all the fun of walking on rotten fruit near the trees. No thanks.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 9:25PM
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SeGeo

Do you recall what city park this was found in? Looking to map historic trees in Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:01AM
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Rigo76443(7B)

it was actually at the cheasepeake arboretum park in cheasepeake,VA

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:38AM
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rofig(6)

Radovan, are you from Serbia?
Do you have any serbian fig varieties?

Please let me know if you have any cuttings for exchange.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 12:53PM
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cro_smokva(5 Hamilton)

Radovan,
I received your email today, but I could not reply to you via email.
Please email me again via your email tool/client

regards

Damir

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 4:13PM
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sewnmom7

Rigo, where are you from in Texas. I live in Abilene and am wondering what is the best figs to look for , for this area. i'm looking for cuttings here also and want to know when to take cuttings , how to root them out ,ya know , when , where and how...thanks for info.. await your reply....molly/ sewnmom7@yahoo.com

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:03AM
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Rigo76443(7B)

i emailed you sewnmom7@yahoo.com

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 9:35PM
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