Champagne Fig Tree
Another excellent introduction from Louisiana State University’s fig breeding program, the Champagne Fig Tree is the offspring of Celeste and a California caprifig and bears delicious and abundant crops of medium sized figs with yellow flesh and gold to caramel flesh. Trees are vigorous, upright and very cold hardy. Champagne ripens a main crop in early July in the Southeast and warmer climates and in August in the Pacific Northwest and more mild climates. Very well adapted to the humid southeast and other wet climates where other varieties would spoil.
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 Champagne Fig Tree does well in a variety of soils, but requires 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: 7-10