Brown Turkey fig trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
RHS AGM for Brown Turkey

Brown Turkey is the most reliable fig, and well-suited to growing in sheltered drier parts of the UK.

The fruit can be eaten fresh, and is becoming a popular ingredient for dessert cookery.

Order now for delivery from September 2015

Brown Turkey fig trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2015 - April 2016)

Refer to product details 2-year bush-trained - 5l pot £23.45

Pot-grown ornamental trees  (Deliveries Sept 2015 - April 2016)

Refer to product details 1/4 standard - 12l pot 1/4 standard £30.45

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown  (Deliveries Sept 2015 - April 2016)

Refer to product details Fan 4-arm -12l pot £39.50

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Brown Turkey

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Light
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Brown
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for Brown Turkey

Brown Turkey is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Brown Turkey fig trees

The main issue with growing figs in the UK climate is that whilst the tree will grow quite happily and with little attention, it may be reluctant to fruit. To encourage fruiting, choose a sheltered situation in full sun, and restrict the root growth by planting in a large robust container, or lining the planting hole with paving tiles. Fan-training against a south-facing wall (either in a container or with the roots restricted) also works well.

If you are growing in a container you may wish to move the tree into a cold greenhouse over winter. If outside, a frost-fleece might help if very cold weather threatens.

Make sure the tree is well watered during late spring and summer.

Like all figs, Brown Turkey is fully self-fertile and usually untroubled by disease.

Brown Turkey is more cold-hardy than most figs, but even so it is not a good choice for areas where winter temperatures are regularly below minus 5-10C.

Historical details

Origins unknown, but has been grown in the UK since Victorian times.

Botanical name

Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.