Silver Lyre Afghan Fig Tree
A most lovely introduction from our friends at Cistus Nursery, Silver Lyre Afghan Fig is a mostly ornamental fig as the fruits are not the tastiest, but what it lacks in flavor it makes up for in beauty and drought tolerance. The silvery green leaves adds an incredible texture to the dry garden and the fruit quality might be improved if caprified, though it is incredibly difficult to find any good data on this particular species. Many thanks to Sean Hogan for introducing another valuable Ficus species to us!
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Latin Name: Ficus afghanistanica ‘Silver Lyre’
Site and Soil: Figs do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fruitful.
Hardiness: Hardy to between about 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 12-15 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: Early August-October
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
USDA Zone: 7b
Sunset Western Zone: 4-9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32