Figs

Black Jack Fig:  The Black Jack is a large purplish-brown fig with a sweet strawberry-colored flesh.  As a naturally semi-dwarf, it is an excellent choice in areas where space is limited.  It can be used as a garden tree or landscape tree, easily maintained at 6 ft tall with annual pruning. This fig is a full sun plant and requires regularly watering for maximum fruiting.  It is self-fruitful and hardy in zones 7 to 10.  It requires 100 chill ours and is harvestable from August to mid-October in Central California.

Black Mission Fig:  This is a favorite among fig lovers.  It has a purplish flesh with a rich, sweet, red center.  Additionally, it works as a wonderful shade tree with its dense foliage and reaching heights of up to 35'.  It is a full sun plant and loves the heat, required for the best fruit.  It requires 100 chill hours, is self-fruitful, and is hardy in zones 7 to 9.  It makes an excellent choice for gardeners of all types including the Urban Gardener with small yards.  While it requires regular watering for maximum fruiting, it is drought tolerate and long-lived.

Improved Brown Turkey Fig: This fig has brownish skin with a pink, sweet center.  It is highly adaptable and is an optimal choice for gardeners as it can handle both coastal and in-land climates.  It reaches heights of 15' to 25'  with regular watering.  It is hardy in zones 7 to 9 and reqires 100 chill hours. It is a full sun plant and can bear fruit twice a year (late spring and late summer.)  It can be easily pruned into any shape for landscaping purposes.

Kadota Fig: This fig has a yellowish-green skin with amber-colored flesh.  Though it is not as "attactive" as other figs, it is just as delicious.  It is a moderate grower standing between 15' and 25' at full maturity.  It, like other figs, is easily pruned to any shape.  The Kadota fig has the added benefit of being mildly deer resistant, making it a excellent choice for rural living.  It does require hot weather to ripen properly and 100 chills for growth management.

Texas Blue Giant Fig: This fig produces extra large fruit with a vibrant purple skin and amber-colored flesh.  It is sweet, rich, and full of nutrients.  It grows quickly reaching 15' to 20' high with a 12 foot spread.  It has large, green leaves with an almost tropical feel providing ample shade and a natural habitat for birds.  It is nearly everbearing with heavy fruiting, typically harvestable from late August through Semptember. It is hardy in zones 6 to 10 and highly adaptable.

Ischia Fig: A.k.a. "Verte". Small to medium greenish-yellow fruit with a fairly tight eye. Pulp is strawberry red, with fine flavor and excellent quality. Compact growth habit, a natural semi-dwarf. Both breba and summer crop are heavy. Birds do not find its green color attractive. Required chill 100 hours or less. Self-fruitful. Best in zones 7-10

Violette de Bordeaux: Small to medium size purple-black fruit with a very deep red strawberry pulp and distinctive, sweet, rich flavor. Brebas are pear-shaped with a thick, tapering neck, main crop figs are variable, often without neck. Medium eye. Excellent fresh or dried. Good for container culture or small spaces. Hardy. Self-fruitful. USDA Zones 5-10.