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Ficus carica (common fig - fig tree - edible fig) - This is one of the easiest to grow fruit trees in existense.  It has been grown since the earliest times for its "fruit".  The plant is typically a large shrub from 15 to 20 feet tall and almost as wide.  Although not particular as to soil type, figs generally do best in full sun and in  a well drained site.  They are quite drought tolerant but benefit from supplemental irrigation during dry periods.  A native of the Mediterranean region that is hardy in zones 8-10.

Adriatic:  Please see Verdone.

Adriatic Hybrid:  Please see Conadria and Flanders.

Alma - This heavy bearing, very sweet fig was released from Texas A & M University's breeding program in 1975.  It has golden brown skin and very tasty, amber-tan flesh.  It has a small eye which prevents spoilage during adverse weather conditions.  The plant is a hardy, small tree with a heavy main crop that ripens very late.  The medium sized fruit are delicious.  Good fresh or dried.  Highly resistant to fruit rots.  Well adapted to the Southeast but tolerates cooler temperatures.  The fruit shape is pyriform with a neck.  The leaf has a decurrent base and is unlobed to tri-lobed.

1-gallon @ $20.00

barnisotte [nero / brogiotto nero] - This fig comes to us from Italy.  It has large, late ripening, reddish black figs of better quality than those of 'Black Mission'.  The rich, fairly sweet flesh is red-amber and of very good to excellent flavor.  Unfortunately, the eye is medium sized and open.  Very good fresh but poor when stewed as it breaks up when stirred.  Needs heat for best taste.  Well adapted to the South and Southwest.  Fruit shape turbinate-pyriform sometimes oblique with a broad apex.  Leaf has a cordate base and 5 lobes with the middle one being spatulate and the others latate.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Beall - This cultivar was found by W. A. Beall as a chance seedling in California during the 1920's.  It has proven to be a good producer of both a breba crop and a main crop.  The tree itself is vigorous with a somewhat open growth habit.  The skin is dark brown to purplish black in color and the flesh is amber.  The large figs are fairly rich with good, sweet flavor and quality.  Well adapted for use along the West Coast and in the South.  The breba fruit are pyriform with prominent necks while the main crop fruit are oblate to pyriform with short, thick necks.  The leaf has a cordate base, 5 lobes, narrow sinuses and crenate margins.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Beer's Black:  Please see Bordeaux.

Bensonhurst Purple:  Please see Hardy Chicago.

Black Celeste - Identical to 'Celeste' in taste, appearance and ripening season.  The only differences are that the skin color is bluish black and that the figs crack less than do those of 'Celeste'.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Black Jack  - A small, spreading plant with figs that similar to those of 'San Piero'.  It produces flattened, large to very large, purple-brown figs with good flavored, pink flesh streaked strawberry.  These figs are oblate in shape and are of high quality with sweet and juicy pulp.  Fairly hardy and well suited for container growth.  Recommended for the South and the Southeast.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Black Mission:  Please see Franciscana.

Black Spanish:  Please see San Piero.

blanche:  Please see marseilles.

beer's black - A fine, large, black fig that is a splendid performer.  The deep red flesh is sweet and has a distinct flavor.  It has a medium sized eye and is excellent either fresh or dried.  Fairly hardy and well adapted to the South and Southwest.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Blue Celeste:  Please see Celeste.

brogiotto nero:  Please see barnisotte.

Brown Greek - Originally from Greece, this is a delicious, large, late bearing fig that extends the season for several weeks.  The figs resemble those of 'Brown Turkey' but we like this one better.  The flesh is tender and sweet and it is a healthy, vigorous grower.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Brown Turkey [eastern brown turkey / english brown turkey / everbearing] - A medium to large sized, bell shaped, purplish brown fig with a small eye and pinkish amber flesh that is very sweet and tender.  It is a good, cold hardy cultivar for the South and up the East Coast.  It bears heavily and ripens from the middle of the season up until late in the season.  Excellent for jams, canning, drying or eating fresh.  A handsome, low, bushy plant that is cold hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  It often bears 2 crops per year.  The fruit are turbinate to oblique mostly without necks.  The leaf has a subcordate base with 3 lobes and a crenate margin.  Well adapted also to Hawaii; Queensland, Australia and Saharanpur, India.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Brunswick [magnolia / madonna / dalmatian / brunswig / khurtmani] - A good, medium to large sized tasty fig with attractive, deeply lobed leaves.  The skin is reddish brown and the flesh is amber to strawberry colored.  It is a vigorous, very hardy (known to survive 5 degrees Fahrenheit without damage) tree with a light breba crop.  The rich, sweet flavor is best when the flowers are pollinated.  The figs are good fresh or preserved.  This is one cultivar that is worth growing for the ornamental value alone.  Because the fruit may spoil if it is excessively wet during ripening, this clone is best grown in the Southwest or other areas where it remains dry during this time.  Reportedly the finest fig grown in Israel.  Fruit oblique-turbinate.  The leaf has a calcarate base and lineate lobes.

1-gallon @ $20.00

California Brown Turkey:  Please see san piero.

calimyrna:  Please see sari lop.

Capri:  Please see Ficus carica variety caprificus.

celeste:  Please see malta.

Celestial:  Please see malta.

Champagne [golden celeste] - A splendid, new, deep yellow to golden fig about the same size and shape as a large 'Celeste' fig.  The color is not quite as golden as 'LSU Gold' but the taste and quality are outstanding.  The tan to caramel pulp is very sweet and tender.  The short necked figs have mostly closed eyes and resists spoilage even during inclement weather.  Ripens about one week after 'Malta'.  Dr. Ed O'Rourke of Louisiana State University feels that this fig is his best.  This outstanding performer is a vigorous, upright grower with palmate leaves having 5 lobes.  The central lobe ws spatulate and the basal lobes have slight serrations along the edge.  [Malta x capri fig].

1-gallon @ $20.00

chico:  Please see verdone.

China White - This is a very good, yellow fig of high quality.

1-gallon @ $20.00

coeur:  Please see verte.

Conadria [adriatic hybrid / verdone hybrid] - A choice, large, light greenish yellow to white fig with a thin skin.  This pyriform fig has an excellent, rich, sweet flavor with a rose pink flesh that is very good fresh or dried.  The eye is small and very tight which keeps it from spoiling during wet weather.  The tree is very productive and bears twice annually.  This is the first fig to be created by mankind in a deliberate fig breeding program.  It is a good white fig for hot areas and was hybridized and introduced by Professor Ira J. Condit in 1957.  Outstanding!  A fairly hardy, vigorous, long lived tree that is resistant to leaf mosaic.  Leaf has cordate base and 5 lobes with the middle one being spatulate.  Needs summer heat for good crops.  Well adapted in California and the Southeast.  [Verdone x capri fig].

1-gallon @ $20.00

dalmatian:  Please see brunswick.

dattero:  Please see dottato.

deanna - An apparently hardy fig from Dr. Condit's breeding program that produces high quality, medium to large, golden yellow figs with strawberry pulp.  Excellent!

fall 2010

Desert king:  Please see King.

Dottato [white kadota / kadota / dattero] - A medium sized to large, richly flavored, sweet fig with a greenish yellow skin and amber flesh.  This is a choice, all purpose fig that is both vigorous and precocious.  It is delicious fresh or dried and is the most commonly canned fig.  The quality is excellent, especially in hot, dry weather.  The tree is a strong grower which needs little pruning and it bears twice per year.  Of historical significance is the fact that this fig was praised by Pliny way back in 23 - 79 A.D.  Fruit pyriform.  The leaf has a cordate base with 3 to 5 lobes and shallow sinuses.  An upright grower that is well adapted to the Southwest and drier areas of the South.  Requires heat to develop good flavor and texture.  It is currently one of the most important fig cultivars being grown and resists souring.

1-gallon @ $20.00

dottato hybrid:  Please see excel.

eastern brown turkey:  Please see brown turkey.

english brown turkey:  Please see brown turkey.

erbeyli:  Please see sari lop.

Excel [kadota hybrid / dottato hybrid] - Bred by Professor Ira J. Condit and introduced in 1975.  A very sweet, large, all purpose, greenish yellow fig with a light amber flesh.  The superb flavor is excellent and the figs are highly resistant to splitting even during adverse weather.  The fruit average about 10 or 11 to the pound.  This cultivar is very hardy and well adapted to the West Coast and the Southeast.  Very productive with good quality fruit that are oblate to spherical.  The leaf has a truncate to subcordate base and 3 lobes with shallow sinuses.  This vigorous grower is also well adapted go grow in containers in Canada.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Flanders [verdone hybrid] - An excellent, medium sized, long necked, greenish yellow fig with violet stripes and amber-pink flesh.  This all purpose fig has a fine, strong flavor and some figs get up to 2 ounces in weight or more.  The eye is medium sized but very tight making the figs highly resistant to splitting under adverse conditions.  This late ripening, high quality fig is very productive and one of the best for the home gardener.  It is also a strong grower.  Introduced by Professor Ira. J. Condit in 1975.  A good selection for California and the Northwest.  Fruit are pyriform with long, slender necks.  The leaf has a cordate to calcarate base with 3 to 5 latate lobes.  [Verdone x capri fig].

1-gallon @ $20.00

Florentine [italian honey] - A very big, sweet, long bearing, lemon green fig with honey colored flesh.  It is excellent during dry harvest seasons but will have some spoilage during exceptionally wet or humid weather.  It is very good dried or for eating fresh and when the fruit is "right", it is unsurpassed!  A good container variety for the East Coast.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Franciscana [mission / black mission] - Introduced in 1769, this clone makes huge (3 inches long and 2 inches in diameter), sweet, pear shaped, purple-black, all purpose figs that have pink flesh and are produced over a very long fruiting season.  This is an everbearing fig that bears delicious figs from summer to winter.  They have a high sugar content and are superb either fresh or dried!  The plant usually makes a large tree unless hard freezes force it to grow as a shrub.  Excellent by any measure!  Also good for canning.  Owes its name to the Franciscan missionaries of Father Junipero Serra who planted it at the mission in San Diego, California.  The breba fruit are pyriform with prominent, thick necks while the main crop is smaller with more variable necks.  The leaf has a calcarate base and 5 latate lobes.  This very large tree is well adapted to many areas (California, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand) and is probably the most widely grown fig!

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genoa [white genoa / white naples] - An upright grower with large, yellow-green figs.  These are sweet and good either fresh or dried.  The quality is improved if it doesn't rain too much during harvest time.  This clone produces a light breba crop and a main crop.  The breba fruit are sweet but not rich with light strawberry pulp and the main crop is mild with a gelatinous amber pulp tinged strawberry.  Breba fruit oblique-pyriform while the main crop is turbinate.  Leaf has a subcordate base and 3 to 5 lobes.  Poor in warm climates but excellent in California and in the Northwest.  Also performs well in Queensland, Australia.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Giant Celeste:  Please see Tiger.

Golden Celeste:  Please see Champagne.

Green Greek - An excellent, medium size, green fig that ripens late in the season.  It retains the green color until ripe.  The figs are sweet and tasty and have a dark red flesh. A vigorous grower that is fairly hardy.  The leaf has a calcarate base, 5 latate lobes and crenate margins.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Green Ischia:  Please see Verte.

grosse verte:  Please see verdone.

Guilbeau French - This large, green to brown fig comes to us from France.  The flavorful pink flesh is very sweet.  This is a popular cultivar wherever it is grown.  The green skin takes on a little brown coloring as it ripens.

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Hardy Chicago [chicago] - One of the hardiest of figs!  Stems are hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit and the roots are hardy to 20 degrees below zero.  This prolific fig produces medium size fruit of a light brown to violet color with strawberry colored pulp of excellent flavor.  These have small eyes and thus seldom spoil.  Originally from Sicily and as the name implies, very hardy.  Very good fresh, dried or in preserves but breaks up when stewed.  Fruit pyriform with long, slender necks.  The leaf has a cordate base and 3 to 5 latate lobes.  Well adapted to the eastern United States and a very good grower for containers in Canada.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Hollier - A superb cultivar of fine, rich flavor from the hybridizing efforts of Dr. Ed O'Rouke of Louisiana State University.  It is a very dependable performer with medium sized to large, sweet figs that have an excellent, sweet flavor.  This one came out first in a five year taste test.  Up to 2 inches in diameter with greenish yellow skin and amber pulp tinged strawberry.  Fruit oblate-spheroid.  The leaf has a cordate base and 5 latate lobes.  Excellent for the Deep South but also does well in colder climates.

1-gallon @ $20.00

honey fig:  Please see malta.

Hunt - This very cold tolerant clone produces large, long necked, violet-brown figs having amber pulp tinged strawberry over a long fruiting season.  This is one of the best figs for home use since it is so dependable and bears a good crop of high quality fruit each year.  This is one of our favorites here in Louisiana because it is well adapted to rainy areas such as are found in the South.  It has a superb, sweet and rich flavor that reminds us of a larger and improved 'Celeste'.  Bred by E. W. Hunt of Eatonton, Georgian in the 1920's.  Fruit shape pyriform with short, distinct necks.  The leaf has a subcordate base and 3 to 5 lobes.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Improved Celeste:  Please see O'Rourke.

Italian Black - Yet another heirloom fig grown by the Becnel family of Belle Chasse, Louisiana for over 100 years.  It has almost jet black fruit with deep red pulp.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Italian Everbearing - A bush type grower with at least 2 crops of large, prolific bearing, reddish brown figs having sweet, pink flesh.  The large and flavorful figs resemble those of 'Brown Turkey' but they are larger.  It is a very popular fig in Italy as well as in California.  It is excellent either fresh or dried.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Italian Honey Fig:  Please see Florentine.

Jelly:  Please see mary lane.

Jurupa - This is a very large hybrid fig from Dr. Condit's fig breeding program that was selected by Julius Enderud.  It is a strong, vigorous grower with huge, pyriform figs up to 3 ounces each (5 or 6 to the pound).  The skin is green and the flesh is amber tinged strawberry.  It has an excellent flavor with both a good breba crop and a fine main crop.  The medium sized eye is closed.  The breba fruit are very large while the main crop fruit are slightly smaller, both with short necks.  The leaf has a subcordate to cordate and 3 to 5 latate lobes.

1-gallon @ $20.00

K-7-11 - A large, delicious, sweet, yellow-green fig with yellow flesh said to be of Professor Ira. Condit's breeding program.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Kadota:  Please see Dottato.

khurtmani:  Please see brunswick.

King [desert king / white king] - A large, sweet, delicious, greenish yellow fig with rich, reddish purple flesh.  This is a San Pedro type cultivar with a very good breba crop (first crop).  The second crop is not as good in quality as the first.    The pulp is sweet and delicious either fresh or dried.  This particular cultivar should not be pruned severely.  It is a fairly hardy fig that does very well in areas where summers are cool such as the Northwest as well as cooler areas of the South. Fruit shape is pyriform to oblique.  The leaf has a subcordate base and 3 to 5 lobes with shallow sinuses.  This highly vigorous tree supposedly originated in Madera, California around 1920.  One of the best for container growing in Canada.

1-gallon @ $20.00

la perpetuelle:  Please see san piero.

lee's perpetual:  Please see san piero.

lemon:  Please see marseilles.

Lob Injir:  Please see sari lop.

LSU Everbearing - A choice, medium sized to large, sweet, yellow-green fig with white to amber flesh of high quality.  It bears fruit from July through the summer and into the fall here in Louisiana.  The quality is increased when ripening occurs during dry weather.  This very fine quality fig was hybridized by Dr. Ed O'Rourke of Louisiana State University.

1-gallon @ $20.00

LSU Gold - This is one of the very best, hybrid figs from Dr. Ed O'Rouke of Louisiana State University.  It is a huge, flattened, bright golden fig up to 1 inches in diameter having a drop of "honey" at the small eye.  The amber flesh is tender and exceptionally sweet.  It is a vigorous grower and makes a fig at every leaf axil.  It has a small, slightly open eye but resists splitting and souring.  The superb quality improves during a dry season.  Leaf has a cordate base and 3 to 5 latate lobes.  Does well from Louisiana east to Florida and north to North Carolina and probably elsewhere.

1-gallon @ $20.00

LSU Purple - Released in 1991, this fine, red to dark purple fig is one of the most outstanding figs developed by Dr. Ed O'Rourke's 15 year breeding and evaluation program at Louisiana State University.  The flavor is excellent and mild and the sugar content is high.  It has a closed eye and resists spoilage.  The flesh is light amber to light, strawberry red.  The tree is a very vigorous, upright grower.  It is a very vigorous grower and more hardy than most figs.  Five year old trees may produce 3 distinct crops each year.  'LSU Purple' is highly resistant to leaf diseases and nematodes.  Also, it had handsome, large, dark green, glossy leaves.  The fruit are about 2 to 2 inches long and run about 20 to the pound.  Very reliable and excellent for use in containers.  Great for the Gulf Coast and up the East Coast up through Virginia.  The leaf has a calcarate base and 5 lobes with the central one being spatulate and the others being latate.  [Hunt x capri fig].

1-gallon @ $20.00

Madonna:  Please see Brunswick.

Magnolia:  Please see Brunswick.

malta [ celeste / sugar fig / blue celeste / tennessee mountain fig / celestial / honey fig] - A widely planted, sweet, light brown to violet-brown, very cold hardy fig that is excellent for eating fresh, dried or in preserves.  Not good for stews because it breaks up.  This is the most popular cultivar in southern Louisiana and a very dependable producer of high quality, small to medium sized figs even in unfavorable weather due to its small, tightly closed eye.  The very sweet flesh has a rich, honey like flavor and is reddish amber in color.  Well adapted to the South and East Coast but disappointing for use along the West Coast and in the Southwest.  Fruit pyriform with tapering neck.  The leaf has a subcordate base, 3 to 5 lobes and crenate margins.  Excellent for container culture in Canada.

3-gallon @ $20.00

marseilles [lemon / lattarula / white marseille / blanche] - A fairly hardy, large, lemon colored, thin skinned fig with tender, white to light amber flesh.  They are very sweet and have a high sugar content.  An old, reliable variety, this fig is excellent in all respects and a favorite of those who grow it.  Produces a small breba crop.  The fruit are turbinate with or without short necks.  They have very small but open eyes and will sour or split if watered too much while ripe.  The leaf has a subcordate base, 3 to 5 lobes and a crenate margin.  This slow growing, dense tree is well adapted to the South.

1-gallon @ $20.00

mary lane [jelly / seedless] - A medium to large, seedless, greenish yelllow fig originally from California with very juicy, very sweet, amber colored flesh.  It fills out well and has an excellent flavor.  This is an outstanding, high quality fig with the exception that it will possibly split during adverse weather conditions.  Leaf has truncate to subcordate base, 0 to 3 lobes and a coarsely serrate margin.  Well adapted to California, the Northwest, the Southeast and should be tried elsewhere.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Mission:  Please see franciscana.

Nardine - This is one of Dr. Condit's excellent hybrids.  It is a late season bearer and it extends the season 2 or 3 weeks.  The very large, yellow figs are as large as those of 'Black Mission' and have good flavor.  This is a top quality fig with sweet, tender flesh. 

1-gallon @ $20.00

natalino:  Please see vernino.

Native Black - Possibly originally from Italy, this heirloom fig has been grown on the Becnel family farm in Belle Chasse, Louisiana for over 100 years.  It produces very dark, purple-black skinned figs with dark red pulp.  It is the Becnel's second favorite fig next to 'Smith'.

1-gallon @ $20.00

nebian:  Please see verdone.

negronne [bordeaux / petite negri /violette de bordeaux] - This fairly hardy cultivar produces large, almost black fruit with very deep red pulp.  The flavor is rich and agreeable.  Breba fruit are pyriform with thick, tapering necks while the main crop fruit are spherical or pyriform to obobate often without necks.  The eye is medium sized.  Excellent fresh or dried but probably needs heat to develop the best flavor.  The leaf has a truncate to subcordate base with the middle lobe being spatulate and the others latate.  Well adapted to the South and Southwest.  This dwarf and prolific cultivar is reported to be originally from Spain and is very cold hardy.  It is also considered by some to be the very best tasting fig around.

fall 2010

nero:  Please see barnisotte.

O'Rourke [improved celeste] - This recent LSU release hybridized by Ed O'Rourke produces medium sized, light brown figs with amber pulp having a red center.  These figs have long necks and partially closed eyes.  The tree is a vigorous, upright grower with palmate leaves having 5 to 7 lobes.  The central lobe is spatulate and the leaves have slightly tooted margins.  This particular cultivar ripens about one week later than 'Malta'.  [Malta x capri fig].

1-gallon @ $20.00

Osborn Prolific [rust / osborne] - A medium-large, greenish purple to violet-brown fig with amber to strawberry colored flesh.  It is a heavy and prolific bearer of rich and flavorful figs that are usually used for fresh consumption.  They possess a sweet, rich flavor.  Fairly hardy and well adapted to all fig growing areas.  The late ripening fruit are pyriform with variable necks.  Leaf has truncate to shallowly cordate base, 5 lobes and serrated upper margins.  This upright grower does best in the Pacific Northwest.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Panachee [tiger / variegato] - A medium sized, sweet fig with dark green and yellow stripes and strawberry red flesh.  This hypodermal, sectorial chimera is often grown as a conversation piece.  In addition to the striped figs, the young shoots often exhibit striations of variegation on the twigs.  This fig is both ornamental and functional.  Of excellent flavor on the West Coast but not so great flavorwise in the South.  Fruit shape pyriform with a prominent neck.  Leaf has calcarate base, 3 to 5 latate lobes and crenate margins.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Pasquale:  Please see Vernino.

Peter's Honey - Produces medium sized, lemon yellow figs with very sweet tasting pulp.  Good for pot culture.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Rust:  Please see Osborn Prolific.

Sal's - A heavy producer of medium sized, black skinned figs with strawberry colored flesh of good to excellent flavor.  A hardy, vigorous grower that does great in the Northeast and along the Gulf Coast.  Originated with the DiPaolas family of Belleclare Nursery of Plainview, Long Island.  Hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

San Piero [california brown turkey / black spanish / la perpetuelle / lee's perpetual / san pedro / thompson's improved brown turkey ] - Originally from Spain, this is an extremely hardy, vigorous, fast growing, small tree.  It produces two crops of mahogany figs which have a very sweet, rich flavor.  They are very large with juicy, red flesh and are best if eaten fresh.  The breba fruit are oblique-pyriform and sometimes elongated while the main crop fruit are obobate to oblique-pyriform with variable necks.  These fruit are all typically flattened at the eye end.  The eye is large and unfortunately, open.  The leaf has a calcarate base with lyrate lobes and a crenate margin.  This clone is well adapted to California and Australia.

1-gallon @ $20.00

sari lop [calimyrna / erbeyli / lop injir] - A very large and delicious, smyrna type, yellow fig with amber flesh possessing a rich, nutty flavor.  It has been grown in Turkey for many centuries and was brought to California in 1886.  A large, sweet fig that is good to eat out of hand as well as for drying.  Not a practical choice for growing in the South because of its large, open eye and the fact that it needs pollination.  The most important commercial fig grown in California.  Fruit oblate-spherical.  The leaf base is cordate with 5 spatulate lobes.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Schar Amber - A fairly sweet, large, brown fig with amber flesh.  The original tree was found in an Italian neighborhood in front of an abandoned house.  It grows well without winter protection and with no care.  A "heavy cropper" with a huge breba crop and a huge main crop.  Good for use along the East Coast.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Schar Israel - This is a strong growing clone originally from Israel.  It is slightly tender but can freeze back and still produce a good crop of large figs.  The skin is reddish purple and the flesh is purple and of high quality.

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Schar Italian - This is a very large, purple skinned fig brought over from the Adriatic Region around 1900.  The high quality, red flesh is very sweet and tender.  It grows in the Washington DC area without winter protection.  It has a fair breba crop and a large main crop.

1-gallon @ $20.00

scott's black - An older Louisiana State University release that produces large, black figs having red pulp late in the season.

 

seedless:  Please see mary lane.

Smith - A superior, old fig cultivar that has been in the Becnel family for over 100 years.  It is a big, flattened, yellow fig with brown shading.  The color of the flesh is a deep red and it has a drop of honey at the eye.  The quality of this exceptionally sweet fig is outstanding.  It is considered "the best fig" by those who know and grow it in the parishes close to the mouth of the Mississippi river.

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strawberry:  Please see verdino.

sugar fig:  Please see malta.

Tena - Bred by Dr. Ira Condit, and realeased in 1975, this is the first hybrid to have 'Calimyrna' (Sari Lop) on both sides of its pedigree.  The figs are medium sized to large with a greenish yellow skin and a white to light strawberry flesh.  The eye is very tight and this helps prevent spoilage during unfavorable weather.  It has a very sweet, excellent flavor when fresh or dried.  This is one of the very best new figs is rather hardy and it produces heavy crops.  Widely adapted but best in hot, dry areas.  Fruit shape oblate with small to no neck.  Leaf has truncate to decurrent base, 3 to 5 lobes with the central lobe elongated and crenate margins.  This strong, dense grower is cold hardy to 7 degrees Fahrenheit and does well on the West Coast.

1-gallon @ $20.00

Texas BA-1 [red gold] - Of unknown origin, this plant was found at an abandoned Texas A & M test field where the 'Alma' figs were being evaluated.  The fruit are medium sized with a greenish yellow skin, yellow flesh and strawberry pulp.  It produces good quality fruit of sweet, somewhat rich flavor and is ideal for growing along the Gulf Coast.  These fruit are pyrate with necks and have a small, open eye that is typically plugged with honeydew.  The leaf has a calcarate base and 5 lobes with the central lobe being spatulate.

fall 2010

Texas Everbearing - A good, large, sweet, brownish yellow, bell shaped fig with a long fruiting season.  The flesh is strawberry colored and delicious.  It bears at an early age and gives a good crop even in cool, short summer areas such as the West Coast.  The second crop matures early and is even heavier than the first.  The tree is very hardy and even if frozen to the ground, it will usually bear on the new sprouts that same year.  Very similar to 'Brown Turkey' but not quite the same (fruit appear larger and leaf had cordate base and 5 latate lobes).

1-gallon @ $20.00

thompson's everbearing:  Please see san piero.

Tiger [lsu giant celeste] - This recent Louisiana State University release from Dr. Ed O'Rourke's breeding program produces large, brown figs with short necks and partially closed eyes.  The pulp is yellow to gold.  The figs ripen about 1 week later than 'Malta'.  The tree is vigorous with a spreading habit and has large, palmate leaves with 5 to 7 lobes.  The middle lobe is spatulate and the margins are slightly toothed.  [Malta x capri fig].

tiger:  Please see panachee.

trojano - A highly recommended cultivar that produces medium sized, bright yellow figs with pulp of a sweet, "honeyed" taste.

fall 2010

variegato:  Please see panachee.

verdale:  Please see verte.

Verdone [adriatic /gross verte / chico / strawberry / nebian / white adriatic] - This is one of the better known figs of antiquity.  Originally from central Italy, it was first brought to the United States in 1865.  At the time, it was to become the leading variety for commercial, dried fig production.  Also good fresh and for jams.  Since then, it has been surpassed by 'Calimyrna'.  It has large sized, sweet, green to green-yellow skinned figs which have a light strawberry pulp of very fine flavor.  Fairly hardy and well adapted to the Northwest but not so great in the South.  Small to no breba crop.  The fruit are turbinate with a small to no neck.  The leaf base is subcordate to truncate usually with 5 lobes with the center lobe being spatulate.  This large, vigorous tree performs well in Queensland, Australia.

1-gallon @ $20.00

verdone hybrid:  Please see conadria and flanders.

Vernino [pasquale / natalino] - A small, dark purplish black fig with dark, strawberry colored flesh.  It has good breba crop and the main crop ripens very late in the season.  Unfortunately, the fruit are sometimes caught by early frosts in cooler areas.  It is excellent either fresh or dried and has a delicious, sweet and rich flavor.  It is a heavy bearer.  Fruit shape oblate-spherical to pyriform with a short, thick neck.  Leaf has truncate to subcorate base and 5 lobes.

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Verte [green ischia / coeur / ischia green / verdale] - An excellent, medium sized, sweet, green to greenish yellow, thin skinned fig with red flesh that resembles a strawberry when peeled.  These are especially attractive when used in a fruit salad.  It is recommended for areas with short summers.  This cultivar offers much to the home gardener.  It is small in ultimate size, so even small yards can contain one without difficulty.  It bears from mid-season till late in the season to extend the harvest and the quality is excellent.  The figs possess a fine, excellent flavor either fresh or dried. Due to its fairly well closed, small eye, they are resistant to spoilage by either weather or insects.  Fruit shape oblate to spherical.  Leaf has broadly subcordate to truncate base and 3 lobes.  Originally from Spain, this clone is good for planting along the East Coast.  It makes a small tree when mature and is one of the best to grow in containers in Canada.

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violette de bordeaux:  Please see negronne.

White Adriatic:  Please see verdone.

White Everbearing - A very sweet, medium sized to large, white fig of excellent quality.  Unfavorable weather will sometimes cause splitting and spoilage but during dry harvest seasons, the flavor is superb.

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White Genoa:  Please see Genoa.

White Kadota:  Please see Dottato.

white king:  Please see king.

White Marseilles:  Please see marseilles.

white naples:  Please see genoa.

Ficus carica variety caprificus (male fig - pollinator fig) - The figs are full of pollen and pollinate other figs if the seed wasp is present and sometimes even if it is not.  The figs dry up and fall off without making a mess.  It makes a good tree for those who like the fig's foliage but don't care for the figs.

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