Figs make a welcome addition to home container gardens and landscapes. They can be container grown and can be considered either a small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub, decided only by the way you choose to train it. They fruit on the current year’s growth. This allows the plant to fruit even if it froze to the ground during winter months. These are all self-pollinating varieties. Fruit can be eaten out of hand, dried, baked, frozen, and used in preserves. Feed and water well during the active growing season.

Sunlight – Full, Partial Sun.
Growth rate – Moderate.
Drought Tolerance – Good with established plants.
Harvest time – dependent on variety.
Years to Bear Fruit – 1st Year! Hint: Never pick your figs green, and always let them ripen fully on the tree before picking for the sweetest and richest flavour.
Evergreen or Deciduous – Deciduous
Chill Hours – 100. Start hours after leaves have senesced and fallen off.

Full list below:


Zone 6b-10

Medium sized with outstanding, distinct sweet flavour; excellent either fresh or dried. Has a reddish pink interior and a violet skin. Rated to zone 7 and potentially to zone 6, so many homes can enjoy growing this cultivar outdoors year round.


Zone 7 – 11

One of the most well known figs in cultivation (since 1769). It is known for its blackish-purple skin with a strawberry coloured centre. ‘Black Mission’ Fig has a wonderful flavour that is very distinct. These delicious, high sugar figs are superb either fresh or dried. Also good for canning. ‘Black Mission’ produces a heavy first crop (breba) in early summer and then its main crop in Fall. This fig is a very vigorous grower.


Zone 6- 10

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Considered one of the hardiest edible figs, Chicago Hardy can be grown in zone 6, and has been known to survive in zone 5 microclimates, if given heavy mulch protection when dormant through the winter months. Stems that die back will regrow in the spring and produce fruit on the new wood. It can also be container grown and brought indoors to a cool room or garage for overwintering. A medium-sized fruit with light brown to deep purple skin, with a sweet, pink flesh. It ripens in late summer to early fall.


Zone 7 – 10

A large, sweet, high quality, delicious, greenish yellow fig with rich, reddish purple flesh. This San Pedro type cultivar has a very good breba crop (first crop), the second crop is not as good in quality as the first. The pulp is sweet and delicious either fresh or dried. This particular cultivar should not be pruned severely. This highly vigorous tree originated in Madera, California around 1920. One of the best for container growing.


Zone 7 -9

Extremely large fruit, Purple skinned. Easy to grow. An Italian fig, add this rare variety to your collection and bring delicious, sweet flavour to your kitchen! Does not tolerate excessively wet soil, but needs ample moisture during fruiting.


zone 7 – 11

An excellent, medium sized, sweet, green to greenish yellow, thin skinned fig with red flesh that resembles a strawberry when peeled. These are especially attractive when used in a fruit salad. Recommended for areas with short summers. This cultivar offers much to the home gardener. It is small in ultimate size, so even small yards can contain one without difficulty. It bears from mid-season till late in the season to extend the harvest and the quality is excellent. The figs possess a fine, excellent flavour either fresh or dried. Due to its fairly well closed, small eye, they are resistant to spoilage by either weather or insects. Originally from Spain, it makes a small tree when mature and is one of the best to grow in containers.


Zone 7 – 10

A very big, sweet, long bearing, lemon green fig with honey coloured flesh. It is excellent during dry harvest seasons but will have some spoilage during exceptionally wet or humid weather. It is very good dried or for eating fresh and when the fruit is “right”, it is unsurpassed! Produces an abundance of fruit twice a year. A great selection for container culture too.


Zone 6 – 10

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Suitable for containers or even bonsai, ‘Little Ruby’ has a natural dwarf habit that happily produces in small containers or even as a bonsai! With small, tasty, sweet, bite-sized, reddish brown fruit. It produces an early, strong breba crop on the previous year’s shoot growth. This new fig is cold hardy to zone 6 and great for patio plantings and as a winter houseplant.


Zone 6 – 10

This variety won the Retailers’ Choice Award at the 2014 Far-West Show! ‘Olympian’ is a ultra cold hardy fig & absolutely delicious. This fig produces very sweet fruits with thin purple skin with a red to violet flesh. A unique heirloom variety, good size for container growing. If pruning is necessary, do after harvest.


Zone 7 – 11

Everything is bigger in Texas, so they say. This Fig follows that by producing a good, large, (sometimes 2” in diameter) sweet, brownish – yellow, bell shaped fig with a long fruiting season. The flesh is strawberry coloured, nearly seedless and delicious. It bears at an early age and gives a good crop even in cool, short summers. The second crop matures early and is even heavier than the first. The tree is very hardy and even if frozen to the ground, it will usually bear on the new sprouts that same year. Stays shorter in containers, a great feature for patio edibles.


Zone 6 – 10

Discovered about 1680 in Versailles (thought to be originally from Spain), this hardy cultivar produces large, almost black fruit with very deep red pulp. The flavor is rich and delightfully sweet. Producing two crops per year; breba fruit are pyriform with thick, tapering necks, the main crop fruit are spherical often without necks. Excellent fresh or dried but probably needs heat to develop the best flavour. This dwarf and prolific cultivar is considered by some to be the very best tasting fig around.


Zone 7 – 11

A fairly hardy, large, lemon coloured, thin skinned fig with tender, white to light amber flesh. They are very sweet and have a high sugar content. An old (pre 1769) reliable variety, this fig is excellent in all respects and a favourite of Thomas Jefferson. Produces a small breba crop. The will split if watered too much while ripe. This slow growing, dense tree is well adapted to containers.


Zone 7 – 10a

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A very delicious fig, superior to the Ischias and Celeste. Medium to large, short stalk and long neck. The skin is thin, tender and bright yellow in colour. Yellow Long Neck Figs are honey sweet in flavour. Best eaten right off the tree but if allowed to make it to the kitchen the fruit will make a stupendous jam or pie. Vigorous and productive it can be grown in a large container. Will produce in the same year that the wood has been killed to the ground by a hard winter.