Common Fig is a large, deciduous shrub or a medium sized tree, growing up to 10 meters in height. It has a smooth grey bark and numerous, spreading branches. Leaves are alternate and palmate, deeply lobed with 3 to 7 main lobes, and irregularly toothed along the margins. What is commonly referred to as a fruit is actually the flower of the tree, obovoid, turbinate or pear-shaped fig, 3 to 5 centimeters long, with green to deep purple skin. Small flowers are situated on the inside wall. Its skin is thin and tender, and the fleshy wall is usually pink, rose or pale yellow. Numerous seeds can be different sizes: large, medium or minute.