Extremely sweet, luscious heirloom fig on a fairly cold-hardy tree. An excellent fig for the upper South. In dry summer weather you can literally let the ripe figs partially dry on the tree, which makes them shrivel and become so syrupy, and nectar sweet you’ll hardly believe it! Likes hot summers. This old heirloom fig has passed the test of time with flying colors. Hardy, resilient, and productive, and does great in humid, wet summer areas like the Deep South and Mid-Atlantic. Along the Gulf areas, we have better choices but it does perform fairly well.
Needs winter protection in zone 6. Our “mother tree” in Louisville KY has been growing and producing for many years now, with no winter protection on a warm, suburban, south facing wall in essentially a zone 7 micro climate. Also known as “Blue Celeste,” “Sugar Fig,” “Malta,” “Honey,” possibly “Celestial,” and “Tennessee Mountain”. Would do fantastic in zones 8-10. Roots are hardy to 0 F and will survive most any zone 6 winter with some mulch on the roots. A classic, very nice fig indeed!
Size at maturity: 8-15′, depending on location, climate and care.
Pollination: This fig requires no pollination in order to set fruit.
Resistant to: Figs are known for remarkable disease and insect resistance. Ants can get interested in figs and heavy rains can make the current figs rot, so keep well-picked. Figs continue to put on new fruit constantly until frost.
Hardiness: USDA zones 6-10. Winter protection in zone 6 recommended.
Plant size: Cuttings-propagated with an excellent root system. CHOOSE SIZE BELOW.
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