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Marseilles Fig

Marseilles Fig

Introduced from France,  'Marseille' is a  deciduous shrub or small tree that was brought over to the US by Thomas Jefferson and is rumored to be his favorite fig.   This fig does well in the warm winters of the south, it will need protection in colder climates. Plant it in full sun to partial shade in acidic to neutral, well-drained, moist soils.  This fig has It has a vigorous shoot growth rate and fruit production.   It produces on new wood so can be pruned back to maintain its shape in early spring.  Its unassuming green-yellow colored fruit keeps the birds from noticing the fruit before you do. Growing only 2-3' at maturity, this mid-season fig plant produces its crop towards the end of July. The short-necked, delicately sweet fruit is greenish-yellow with a pale yellow inner flesh.


Introduced from France,  'Marseille' is a  deciduous shrub or small tree that was brought over to the US by Thomas Jefferson and is rumored to be his favorite fig.   This fig does well in the warm winters of the south, it will need protection in colder climates. Plant it in full sun to partial shade in acidic to neutral, well-drained, moist soils.  This fig has It has a vigorous shoot growth rate and fruit production.   It produces on new wood so can be pruned back to maintain its shape in early spring.  Its unassuming green-yellow colored fruit keeps the birds from noticing the fruit before you do. Growing only 2-3' at maturity, this mid-season fig plant produces its crop towards the end of July. The short-necked, delicately sweet fruit is greenish-yellow with a pale yellow inner flesh.