Are there any hardy fig tree varieties that will survive in Colorado? It seems I may have one. The small tree is multi-trunked, about 7 feet tall and the fruit is still on the branches.

December 10, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
Years ago I saw a large planting of figs in the Rapid Creek area of Palisade, CO. They had been there for years. This was the common fig Ficus carica, which is damaged some winters. Fully dormant trees are reported to be hardy to 12° - 15° F, while plants in active growth can be damaged at 30° F. Brown Turkey, Brunswick and Blue Celeste cultivars are some of the best choices for our area. If killed to the ground, they will re-sprout from the roots. There are two crops of figs produced: one during the spring on last year's growth and a second, main crop, borne on new shoots in the fall. It is seldom that we get a first crop.

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