Figs grow best in hardiness zones 8 through 10, but some cultivars are more cold tolerant. Figs historically grew throughout a swath of land stretching from Turkey to India. However, they have spread throughout the world at the hands of humans, and they are common throughout the Mediterranean basin. Additionally, figs grow indoors virtually anywhere as long as they receive sufficient light.Know More
Figs were one of the first plants that primitive people domesticated. Accordingly, humans have produced hundreds of different varieties and cultivars of the fig tree, each with slightly different characteristics. The ancient Greeks treated figs as a staple component of their diets. Figs are still eaten all over the world, and they make an excellent part of a healthy diet and are especially high in dietary fiber.
Some fig varieties grow into 40-foot-tall trees while others become 10-foot-tall shrubs. In the wild, fig plants have a complicated flowering and fruiting cycle. Sometimes, the plants require pollination to produce figs, and at other times, fruit production occurs without pollination. This pollination only occurs with the help of flying insects native to the natural habitat of figs. However, most fig plants sold in the United States do not require pollination to produce fruit.Learn more about Trees & Bushes
Black mission fig trees are fig cultivars that originated in the Balearic Islands in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Their figs have purple-black skin and pink flesh that can be eaten fresh or dried. They do best in tropical or subtropical climates and can be grown in large pots.Full Answer >
Loropetalums are typically divided into white-flowering varieties and pink-flowering varieties, and within these divisions are numerous cultivars that produce plants that are slightly varied in appearance. Common pink-flowering varieties include burgundy, blush, Zhuzhou Fuchsia and bicolor loropetalums. Carolina Moonlight and Snow Muffin are common white-flowering varieties. While the Carolina Moonlight and Snow Muffin grow only up to 4 feet high, the Zhuzhou Fuchsia can reach 20 feet.Full Answer >
Several varieties of pear trees are fruitless; the Bradford, Cleveland select and Jack varieties are common fruitless pear cultivars in the United States. Pear trees that don't bear fruit require little maintenance and are used as ornamentals.Full Answer >
Some shrubs that thrive in USDA hardiness zone 5 include mountain laurel, rhododendron, witch hazel and some hydrangea varieties. All of these plants grow well in partial to full shade.Full Answer >