Scott’s Black Fig Tree
We are very excited to finally be offering Scott’s Black Fig Tree! This is another excellent variety bred by Louisiana State University’s fig breeding program in the 1950’s and it is easily one of the most flavorful and delicious figs we’ve ever tasted, comparable to the best of the dark figs. Skin is dark purple to black with an intense red flesh. Figs ripen one main crop late in the season and require a fair amount of heat to ripen. This isn’t the most reliable one for Northwest gardeners, but placement in the proper microclimate will reward you with at least decent crops of incredibly tasty figs, otherwise a great choice for growers in the South.
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