So many wonderful engravings were included in the 26th volume of the 1867 American Agriculturist. It was full of things all about nature and growing things. There were several fruit illustrations, but this one is a wonderful tree full of luscious, ripe figs.
It was included in the advertising section for a company selling a guide on how to cultivate your own miniature fruit trees. Our adventures in growing miniature trees hasn’t turned out as expected. Twice we’ve purchased “dwarf trees” but both of them have grown to decidedly non-miniature status. One is taller than the roof and the other isn’t far behind.
Fig trees are native to the Middle East and western Asia. It’s now naturalized in some areas of Asia and North America.
This lovely fig tree drawing might look a little small, but there’s a much bigger version available. Just click on the one below to view and download it.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.