Ficus carica Moraceae
- Broadleaf deciduous tree or shrub, to 10 m, stout branches, rounded crown. Leaves simple,
alternate, 3-5 lobed, rarely undivided, 10-20 cm long, similar width, base usually heart-shaped(cordate),
lobes usually obovate and obtuse at the apex and irregularly toothed, dark green above, both surfaces rough to the touch because
of stout, stiff hairs; petiole 2-5 cm long. Flowers are formed inside a solitary, pear-shaped
receptacle, which at maturity is 5-8 cm long, and greenish or brownish violet.
- Sun, not particular about soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to the eastern Mediterranean
and western Asia. Long cultivated and many cultivars available. Some, such as 'Desert
King', will produce fruit that ripens in the Pacific Northwest.
- carica: of Caria, western Asia (a region southwest of modern Turkey).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east of Oxford House near Jefferson Ave. and 9th St.