Fig Trees In Louisiana Don't Need Pollination

Apr 15, 2018

Credit Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter

The fig tree was imported into the United States some time during the 16th century. It grows well in the south Atlantic and Gulf coast areas. Figs are one of the most interesting fruits you can grow in your back yard.

The fig was one of the first fruits cultivated by ancient people. Evidence shows it's been in cultivation since 4,000 BC.

The fig is actually a fleshy, hallow branch modified to bear numerous small flowers and fruits on the inside, with an opening on the tip that enables the pollinator wasp to get inside. This wasp doesn't exist in Louisiana. Therefore, fruit is only produced by varieties that don't require pollination.