There’s an ancient tradition in Britain : train your fig against a wall to get the fruit to ripen. There is some sense in this idea but aesthetically, it’s pretty unexciting. Left to its own devices, it’s a messy old disorganised thing. It likes a bit of discipline. Try it as a single short trunked tree (the trunk is grey and smooth and like an elephant’s leg) and then train the branches horizontally as far out as you can. If it produces edible figs (some years it will, some years it won’t) they’ll be nicely accessible, the tree will give shade in the summer to lunch under and in the winter, it will let light through. The young branches on figs are like rubber and really easy to bend to your will: tie them onto a stout bamboo cane with hessian string.
Common Fig: height: up to to 10 m (33 ft) leaf: The leaf of the fig is 3-5 lobed, thick and can be up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long. The petiole is long and stands from the leaf base. The leaf margin is toothed.
leaf shape: lobed leaf margin: toothed leaf position: alternate fall foliage: yellow flowering: 3 times a year,
blossom description: The flowers are small and rather inconspicuous. The figs blooming three times a year. gender distribution:
monoecious fruit: The figs are among the stone fruits. There are two different fruits, the difference can only establish a professional.
branches: The branches are brown and the buds inconspicuous. The terminal buds are acuminate.
bark: The bark is gray-brown and nearly smooth.