An attractive deciduous garden shrub producing exceptional yellow fruits with tender red flesh; attracts birds; prune in late winter to maintain size and shape; needs hot exposure to ripen fruit in cooler areas
Ischia Fig is a large shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces yellow fruit (technically 'pomes') with a chartreuse blush and ruby-red flesh which are usually ready for picking from mid summer to mid fall. The fruits have a sweet taste and a fleshy texture.
Ischia Fig will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
Ischia Fig is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.