Stop 11 FIG
The Common Fig is native to Asia Minor and the Near East and was brought to
Britain probably by the Romans. It is a small deciduous tree, which grows to between
3-15 m.
The leaves are heavily lobed and instantly recognisable. Figs need warm sun to
produce good fruit and grow well trained against a south wall. The fruit we all know
is not strictly speaking a fruit, being composed of hundreds of flowers. These grow
together with the seeds inside a fleshy receptacle, which turns purple as the fruit
There are several Biblical references to the Fig. After tasting the forbidden fruit and
knowing they were naked, Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves. The fig
is associated with Palm Sunday, also called Fig Sunday, because figs were
traditionally eaten on this day to commemorate the following story:
On his way to Jerusalem Jesus saw a fig tree in full leaf. He was hungry.
“And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon,
but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.
And presently the fig tree withered away.
Matthew 21. 18-22

Tree Trail Stop 11: Fig