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Fig, Letizia

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A family heirloom brought from Italy.

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A family heirloom, named after plantsman Steve Castorani's mother Letizia, whose parents brought the fig all the way from Italy. Since the 1930s, over many years, the plant has grown to a multi-stemmed tree, dense with beautiful, neatly lobed green leaves. An easy-to-grow ornamental bush, with large crops of fantastic brown fruits. Enjoy the summer harvest of luscious flavor from the old home country.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

96 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
Full Sun
96 inches
48 inches
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Sauce
Ornamental Use
Fig, Letizia is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This little plant grew slowly the first year possibly putting down roots but took off the second year and produced delicious fruit. Inspired me to add a variety of figs to my garden.
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arrived healthy! I was a little worried about ordering live plants online. They arrived undamaged and are thriving! I've already purchased more
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from @ inches high! I just received my $20 fig tree that I had been waiting for since I ordered it on 3/10/2018. The two trees are about 1 to 2 inches high! They look very sad. I can not believe that I paid 39.98 total for both plants plus 13.94 shipping for these sad little trees. My Dad always had Fig trees so they are not new to me. I hope they grow but I really do not have much hope for them!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love figs! I bought my fig tree 4 months ago and planted it in a large planter for now. It is growing figs already! The figs are only the size of grapes at this point but they are so cute. I wish the leaves didn't have brownish/orange spots on them but the tree keeps on growing. I don't expect to be eating figs for a couple of years but it feels great that I planted something and it has actually grown.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fruits the first year! I purchased this fig based on the positive reviews and I have not been disappointed. When I received the plant this spring, it was a little thing, no taller than 5 inches in a 4 in pot. I planted it in a 5-gallon smart pot that was about half full with soil. I placed the pot on the southern side of my house and water it when it gets really dry. Now that it's mid July, the plant is about two feet tall with at least 7 figlets. I'm really impressed. I have another fig variety (Chicago Hardy) that still hasn't produced after nearly 4 years. I've reserved a star from my rating because I haven't yet tasted the figs. So far, so good though. No problems with pests except for mealybugs, which are easy to remove with water from a hose or insecticidal soap.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, fast-growing fig! I bought this fig about 4 years ago and it has grown into a powerhouse producer. It's not even in a great location as one of my elms has begun to shade it much of the day. But last year's crop was amazing, even after fighting off hoards of squirrels! Mine's approximately 4.5 feet tall but would probably taller and thicker had it not been "pruned" by my eager 8 year old gardener. It's early March here and it's already begun to leaf out and throw up more new shoots from its base. I can't wait to see how big my crop is this year.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fig Trees Grows Like Jack and the Bean Stalk I bought two of these tree each a year apart. The first one I bought was in late fall and I was basically shipped a stick about a foot high in a box of dirt. Due to Ohio weather I stored it in my garage until nearly spring. I thought the thing might even be dead but before you know it, birds were singing and snow was melting. I convinced my wife to let me bring it indoors for a few weeks prior to putting it out on our deck. With a cup of water and a little sunlight through the front door the stick came to life and grew like crazy, in just a few days it developed signs of leaves and future growth. It grew to about four feet tall the first year and probably produced over 20 figs. The next year it grew another two feet and finally topped out a about 7 feet with a harvest of about 50 figs. I move my fig trees back into our attached garage every year for storage due to the harsh winter weather. The second tree came a year later and was much more like a bush. It grew like crazy too and produced about 10 edible figs the first year. This is a really nice fig tree for your deck because it only gets about seven feet tall and can be easily grown in a large container. I can easily store my trees in the corner of my garage until the next year making it ideal for a northerner to grow figs.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my fig plant! I ordered my plant in the spring and it was very well packaged. It was a little guy, but over the summer it's grown immensely and is about 3 feet tall already! I already have 4 small figs growing on it already and can't wait until they're ready to pick. So glad I purchased my first gig plant from burpee and will definitely order more next spring!
Date published: 2016-09-15
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