Noir de Barbentane Fig Tree
A truly exquisite dark fleshed fig from Southern France, Noir de Barbentane is one of the best tasting dark figs we’ve tried. Often rated right up there with figs like Black Madeira, Col de Dame Noir and Violette de Sollies, Noir de Barbentane also ripens slightly earlier than those delicious figs, making it a more feasible choice for us in the Pacific Northwest and other growers in cooler climates. So far we’ve only seen it ripen a main crop, but it is very productive, rain resistant and figs hang for a good while on the tree.
One of the easiest fruits to grow, and a true gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. 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. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them (most of the time)!
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Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Figs do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season.
Pollination Requirements: Self-figful.
Hardiness: Figs are hardy to between 0° & 5° F. possibly lower as this one was re-discovered growing on the East Coast
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-15 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Taste: intense raspberry jam and dark fig deliciousness
Fruit Skin: Deep purple black
Fruit Flesh: Bright red
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: September – November
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