PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Tiger Stripe Fig or Panache Fig (Ficus carica)

We’ve been trying to propagate this super cool-looking fig for years and finally have a few to offer. It goes by several names but whatever you call it, it is the most visually stunning of all figs with alternating yellow and green striped fruits. They look exactly like a fig you would expect from Willy Wonka.

Tiger Stripe Fig grows beautifully in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys our long growing season. Figs usually drive their caretakers nuts by looking like dead sticks when most other plants have fully leafed out in spring. When they do wake, they grow like crazy as the weather warms. Tiger Stripe Fig ripens later than many figs. Expect to harvest around the end of September to October. Fruit is ripe when it feels soft like a water balloon. Fig trees will grow with little direct sun but need at least a half day or more of direct sun for the fruit to ripen. Regular watering will help them grow faster.

Fig fruits, the part we eat, are a capsule that contains hundreds of tiny flowers which each turn into tiny fruits. When you bite into a fresh fig, that weird stringy-looking, super yummy sweet center is the hundreds of little fruits all jammed together. This is why you never see flowers on a fig tree. It does its reproductive business in private. Nutritionally, Figs are superheroes. Here’s a link from the NIH about them:

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