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Are Fig Trees Deciduous?

By Katrina Josey ; Updated July 21, 2017
Fig trees lose their leaves each year.
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Fig trees are deciduous plants that have been cultivated for thousands of years. When they lose their leaves, they must be prepared for the cold season to ensure their health from year to year.

Indoor Fig Trees

If your fig tree is indoors, it will still lose its leaves in the fall. After the fall harvest, prune branches that might be damaged or poorly formed such as branches that cross each other. Prune fig trees each year for the first three years; after the third year, prune as needed.

Mature Figs and Winter

If the temperature where you live drops below 10 degrees F, wrap your mature fig tree in burlap to protect it from the cold after the fall harvest. Mature fig trees may be further protected by gradually reducing the amount of water they receive which forces them to become dormant. This keeps them better protected against a harsh winter.

Young Figs and Winter

Young fig trees may only be able to withstand temperatures between 20 and 29 degrees F. Plant young trees on the south side of your home and mulch them before the first frost. Apply lights to the fig tree during the holiday season for added warmth.


About the Author


Katrina Josey is an exercise physiologist and health education specialist in Ohio. She is experienced in the full life cycle of developing health and wellness programs. Katrina was the managing editor of a major website's fitness channel and has over 10 years of professional experience including clinical exercise testing. Her volunteer experience includes AmeriCorps service and wellness ministry work.