Fred Estrovich wrote:I think this is likely a viral infection. There is a fig virus that causes chlorosis and abnormally shaped leaves. Usually comes from infected root stock. I had a young tree that presented with it when it was about a year old died the following winter.
Abelia Frutteto wrote:Hi Aida, I also live in 9a and here the figs grow almost as weeds. They are really tough and stunningly drought resistant. Young unprotected trees do die back in the winter here too, but come back stronger the next spring.
The older generation of local farmers and garden putters not only prune the fig trees to keep them low, but also tie plastic water bottles (to varying degree of fullness/weight) to the fig branches over the winter and summer so they are weighed down and growing low and mostly horizontally. Not sure if those are removed when the tree is fruiting though I doubt it. I'll try to get a photo and post it later. Good luck keeping your tree productive and contained and warm!