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Common Fig, Edible Fig, Higo 'Petite Negra'

Ficus carica

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: carica (KAIR-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Petite Negra
Additional cultivar information:(aka Black Jack)


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


New Market, Alabama

Queen Creek, Arizona

Lafayette, California

San Jose, California

Sebastopol, California

Casselberry, Florida

Miami, Florida

Raleigh, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Corpus Christi, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Pilot Point, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

I bought this plant by mail order in 2001 from a company in S. Carolina. It was about 6 inches tall at the time. Now, 2012, it is about 8 or 9 feet tall. I prune it somewhat every winter. It survived all winters here in Vancouver WA, Zone 8b. The coldest was 15 F. It was slow starting from such a small plant. This variety is easy to grow from dormant cuttings, usually a foot to 18 inches long. I forgot to water a potted one for a few months one summer. Even though it dried out, it grew back again. It's fairly prolific. It gives a fair summer (breba) crop in July, and a fall (main) crop in Sept or Oct. I lose some of the Oct figs because they mold before I pick them. That's likely due to short rainy days here in the fall. The summer ones are the best. The figs are medium siz... read more


On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had one Petite Nigra for almost a year now. It's a healthy little fig, a bit too young to fruit. It didn't mind the heat and humidity Miami has to give. I'm looking forward for fruits.