Fig Tree

Asked June 25, 2020, 5:09 PM EDT

Good Afternoon,
I am considering planting a fig tree. I have seen conflicting information on Google.
How far do I need to distance it from the house foundation to avoid root problems in the future?
Thanks!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- no closer than 6 ft.; 8-10 ft. would be better especially if it grows well and you allow multiple stems to grow. The wall of your house will help to protect the plant over winter, especially if its south-facing. The issue is being able to get behind it to prune and harvest. The roots won't damage your foundation and you can cut through them if you felt there was a problem.
See our web page and videos on fig: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/figs
Jon