I have a fig that is about 15 years old and two stories high. It was very...

Asked May 17, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

I have a fig that is about 15 years old and two stories high. It was very healthy and previously provided buckets of figs each summer. It didn't leaf out at all and seems completely dead from the harsh winter. the branches all seem to be dry and snap easily. The main trunk is about 10" across. Is there any chance that it could recover from the roots? Or should we consider it a loss? Thanks for your advice.

Prince George's County Maryland fruit fig winter damage

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Many homeowners are reporting winter damage on their fig trees due to our cold winter. Scratch the branches with your fingernail and look for green tissue. If you see it, the branch is still viable. If the stems are brown, brittle, and snap easily, it is dead.

You may see new growth emerging from the roots in the next few weeks. If so, remove all of the dead canes and nurture the emerging young shoots. It will take two or three years to enjoy a fruit-bearing tree, but that may be your only recourse. In the meantime, be patient for another couple of weeks and watch for any new growth along the remaining trunks/branches.
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