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FICUS carica 'Black Jack'
Black Jack Fig, Fig
Common fig is a small deciduous tree native to the Mediterranean and western Asia and long cultivated for its edible fruit. Black Jack is a smaller, more compact fig tree. It produces a light spring crop and a heavier crop of medium figs with black skin and pink flesh. Most common figs prefer dry summers and mild winters; hard freezes can kill them to the ground, but if the roots are protected, they will re-grow. Black Jack is cold tolerant, vigorous and fast growing. The large, rich green, deeply lobed leaves and smooth gray bark are highly ornamental.
Common figs prefer full sun to partial shade in the hottest climates and well-drained, acid to alkaline soil. Black Jack prefers low-humidity locations. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which favor leafy growth over fruit production and mulch well to protect the roots from cold and suppress nematodes. Common fig works well as a specimen, culinary plant or in large containers. Plant it where its falling fruits won't be a nuisance. This easy-to-grow shrub offers a tropical look to temperate regions and makes a perfect edible addition to large garden spaces.
9 - 6
6 - 10
H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Spring, Early Summer
Mediterranean, Western Asia
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Houseplant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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