Celeste Fig is so sweet it is known as the “sugar fig”. Its incredible cold and heat tolerance as well as its compact form and amazing taste have made it a long time favorite for the Southeastern United States. Celeste has light brown to violet skin with a bright strawberry red flesh. It is excellent for fresh eating and is also one of the best figs for drying and preserves. The closed eye makes it difficult for insects to get in and its resistance to cracking makes it a great choice for areas with summer rainfall. Celeste puts most of its energy into the main crop which ripens from late August into September, but will occasionally produce a breba crop. We recommend growing Celeste in areas with long, hot growing seasons. Not recommended for cool, coastal regions.
A gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. One of the easiest fruits to grow, figs are happy outdoors in the Maritime Northwest and, with winter protection, in pots or in the ground in colder climates. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their most tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. While many fig varieties are not suitable for the Northwest, our varieties have been chosen for their ability to ripen at least one good crop in our climate. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them!!
Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: The Celeste Fig Tree does well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season. Cold injury can be reduced by choosing sites without direct sunlight early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not heavily cultivated in the United States at this time, so pests have not yet become an issue in this crop.
USDA Zone: 6-10