Col de Dame Mutante Fig Tree
Also known as Col de Dame Bicolor, the Col de Dame Mutante clone is a highly prized and unique fig that combines the flavor and allure of the Col de Dames in an ornamental striped package. The flavor is almost excessively good, the kind of fig that makes other inferior varieties just not taste as good after having it. But it is a late ripener, usually on par with Col de Dame Noir. A few breba crop figs will also form and these ripen reliably for us. The striping on the fig is most intense when it’s still developing and when fully ripe the skin becomes almost fully black with subtle stripes.
A true 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 ports or in the ground in colder climates. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their tender best, 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 in our climate. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them (most of the time)!
Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Figs like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self fig-ful
Hardiness: Hardy to between 0° & 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-20 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Taste: Sweet, juicy & sublime
Fruit Skin: Yellow and brown stripes
Fruit Flesh: Bright red
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fruit
Ripening Time: late August-September
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
Fig Mosaic Virus is a benign virus that exists in all cultivated fig trees. Yellow spotting of the leaves is a cosmetic symptom that shows more in container culture, but is quickly outgrown once trees are planted in the ground. The presence of FMV in all cultivated figs has become widely accepted, as even the national germplasm repository for figs maintained by the USDA has Fig Mosaic Virus. If the presence of FMV is a concern, then purchasing fig trees may not be the best option for you.
USDA Zone: 7