The Sycamore fig (Ficus Sycomorus)

The Sycamore fig (Ficus Sycomorus)

The sycamore fig Ficus Sycomorus is native to the middle east and parts of Africa. The name sycomorus came from the Greek Syca-Morus Which means Mulberry fig. The leaves are similar in shape to mulberry and the fruit looks very similar to the common fig, except its smaller.

The fruits grow on clusters attached to the bark. The fruit have a very sweet aroma. It tastes different than the common fig, a little sweeter and very aromatic. The fruit of the sycamore fig is not grown commercially. However, you may find fruits of the Sycamore fig selling in Israeli farm markets. The trees are not as cold hardy as the common fig Ficus Carica. They are usually grown in the warmer regions of the Middle east and Africa.

The Sycamore fig was mentioned a few times in the bible. Amos 7: 14: I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of Sycamore-fig trees. The prophet Amos occupied the most humble position in the society of his day. No one but the poorest cultivated sycomore figs for it was hard labor.

Also mentioned in the new testimont, Luke 19: 3: He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a Sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Sycamore trees were planted on the sides of roads to provide shade and some were planted along the road that Jesus took.

Fruit set requires pollination with the help of Fig Wasps. Flowering and fruiting occurs year-round, peaking from July to December

Here’s a great documentary on The sycamore fig tree of Africa.

 

14 Comments
  • Tarek
    Posted at 22:51h, 05 April Reply

    How can I get one pls

    • bass
      Posted at 11:04h, 10 April Reply

      Hello, I’m not currently selling them. I hope to have some by summer.
      thanks

      • Laura Miller
        Posted at 20:54h, 24 April Reply

        I can’t for this species to be offered. I’m watching for it, and I know of several other people looking for it.

        • bass
          Posted at 07:02h, 28 April Reply

          I hope to offer it soon. It is very difficult to propagate.

      • Zack
        Posted at 19:34h, 03 May Reply

        Did you manage to get some?

  • Van Biak Thang
    Posted at 10:35h, 15 November Reply

    Hi. Could I use this post/video for understanding the book of prophet Amos? please

    • bass
      Posted at 06:39h, 18 November Reply

      Hello, sure but tell me how are you going to use it?

  • Sherin Hamza
    Posted at 13:30h, 29 March Reply

    i would love to buy one, please let me know if you have one. you can text me on 2814512430. thanks

  • Leo Duque
    Posted at 10:40h, 27 August Reply

    I would love to buy one or two, please let me know if you have one. you can text me on 2814512430. thanks

    • bass
      Posted at 10:55h, 03 September Reply

      I don’t currently have it available. I hope to by next season. thanks

  • Ken
    Posted at 06:53h, 17 May Reply

    I would like to know more about the significance of this tree. In the new testament of the bible Zacchaeus climbed a sycomore tree. Did this tree present any challenges to climb? Was there anything about it that would cause this man to stand out or be more visible while in the tree?

    • bass
      Posted at 21:09h, 17 May Reply

      It seems to get to about 30 feet tall sometimes but they typically have low branches that are easy to climb. They were abundant in the Middle East back in these days.

  • Sherin Hamza
    Posted at 13:42h, 17 May Reply

    i would love to buy one. can someone guide me as where to get one in houston tx.

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    Posted at 18:27h, 18 July Reply

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