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Leaf: deciduous leaves are palmate, deeply divided into 3 to 7 main lobes, and irregularly toothed on the margins. The blade is up to 10 inches in length and width, fairly thick, rough on the upper surface, softly hairy on the underside. Flower: small and inconspicuous Trunk / bark / branches: droop as the tree grows, and will require pruning for clearance; Breakage: susceptible to breakage either at the crotch due to poor collar formation, or the wood itself is weak and tends to break. Milk oozing from the leaf stem is a skin irritant.


What is commonly accepted as a “fruit” is technically a synconium, a fleshy, hollow receptacle with a small opening at the apex partly closed by small scales. It may be obovoid, turbinate, or pear-shaped, 1 to 4 inches long, and varies in color from yellowish-green to coppery, bronze, or dark-purple. Tiny flowers are massed on the inside wall. In the case of the common fig the flowers are all female and need no pollination.