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Ficus carica 'Desert King'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: carica (KAIR-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Desert King
Additional cultivar information: (aka Charlie, King)
Registered or introduced: 1920

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eukofios On Jul 7, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought this tree as a bare root plant from a WA nursery. It was about 2 feet tall when I planted it. It started bearing in its 3rd year and now at 6 years old it is very productive. It's now about 15 feet tall. The figs are very sweet and good size, similar size to apricot or plum. It has survived 15 degree cold in the winter. Most of the figs are the summer crop, ripening in July and August. They don't all ripen at the same time, which spreads out the yield. The ripe fig is green on the outside and pink on the inside, so soft inside it can be eaten with a spoon. You can tell it's ripe when the fig is very soft and drooping. I prune it in the summer after the figs have been harvested. Figs form on the growth from the previous late summer. This is a fast growing fig, the fastest of my 6 varieties. I like this tree very much.

Neutral lunavox On Jul 22, 2006, lunavox from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grower tag notes: "Deciduous fruiting tree. Fruit has green skin with strawberry-colored flesh. Very productive and reliable. Delicious fruit is also good for drying. Ripens one crop in late July."

Nursery tag notes: "medium growing irregular deciduous broadleaf tree; height 10 to 25 feet; hardy to about 5 degrees F; dark green figs; likes sun


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cibolo, Texas
Layton, Utah
Auburn, Washington
Bremerton, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington
Lakewood, Washington (2 reports)
Marysville, Washington
Renton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington
White Center, Washington

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