|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
Originating from W. Asia.
Known for its delicious fruit, the fig tree has a legendary place in horticulture with a history of cultivation stretching beyond Roman times. An incredibly adaptable plant that may be left to grow naturally into a small tree or large shrub, pruned hard or trained as an espalier on walls. It bears large rough textured leaves with a deeply lobed shape and a strong yellow colouration in the autumn. The thick stems and twigs are bare during the winter, except for late fruits which are much loved by wildlife. Grow in poor soil for the best fruit crop, in full sun. Height and spread after 10 – 15 years if not pruned 4m x 4m.
Height and spread in 4 – 5 years 3m x 2m
Mature height and spread in 10 – 12 years if not pruned 6m x 4m