LSU Tiger Fig Tree
LSU Tiger Fig is another great selection from the Louisiana State breeding program named in honor of the college’s mascot so you know they must have been proud of this one. And for good reason! LSU Tiger is an excellent variety for cool wet climates. Though it was selected for the hot and humid southeast where spoilage can be an issue for fig trees it also performs impressively in shorter growing seasons. Skin is a gorgeous purple often with striations that give a nearly variegated look to it and flesh is a deep red. Flavor is very sugary sweet for a dark fig but with a nice berry finish. One of our favorites!
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-fertile.
Hardiness: Figs are hardy to between 0° & 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fruit
Ripening Time: late July – early October
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
USDA Zone: 7-10
Sunset Western Zone: 4-9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32