My black mission fig is at least 40 years old. On the western side, the bark is heavily wrinkled and the leaves are much smaller than the balance of the tree. Still bears figs on the western side, although smaller. Any suggestions on what it might be and what may possibly be done to alleviate the situation? Thank you for addressing this situation for me.
Mission Fig Leaf and Bark Problem
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
It could be that it is just growing older. It is at an age where you will start to see it decline and figs can get wrinkled bark as they decline. But it could also be a pest. There are a few beetles that can cause wrinkled bark with their boring. Check the tree for evidence of boring around the area and it would not hurt to treat the tree with neem oil, which will be absorbed by the tree and will attack any pests that may be inside it.