I’m in East Texas in 8a. I have been around fig trees all my life but none other than the brown turkey that grows in everyones back yard. I have one that is 15ish years old and about 12’ x 12’. It has always been a good bearing tree with no care other than manure or fertilizer. Last winter we had mild weather in that we only had about a total of 450-500 chill hours but in that mild winter we had 2-3 episodes of ~14 F. (not -14 F). I had damage on this tree from the cold and got no breba crop and not a lot of figs this year. The leaves fell off the whole tree after the figs ripened. There was very little new growth. There were some large upper branches that were killed off along with most of the tips up to 6-8 inches. Do I need to cut this tree back this winter and just try to refresh it? Here are some recent pictures of this tree.
So… suggestions? Cut it way back?
I’ve just this year planted a small Celeste and I have an order in for a Violette de Bordeaux. In my area with possibility of those temps do they need to be protected?