The fig is a tree of small dimensions, 10 to 30 ft high, with numerous spreading branches and a trunk. It contains copious milky latex.
Believed to be indigenous to Western Asia and to have been distributed by man throughout the Mediterranean area. It has been cultivated for thousands of years.
The Desert King, Ficus carica ‘Desert King’, is an outstanding fig variety for the Pacific Northwest climate as the fruits hold up well in the rain. The tree fruits in mid-summer and produces plentiful fruits with a mildly yellow green skin and a blazing red interior. Figs are unique in that they fruit on both new and old wood. The fruit that springs from buds set on the previous season’s growth are known as the breba crop. The Desert King fig is classified as a San Pedro type and sets a breba crop without pollination