I don’t recall the details of this purchase, but grew it in a 3 gallon pot for awhile until I had a place to plant it. I finally planted this in ground in the spring of 2016. It struggled through the 2016 drought, but now seems to enjoy its location. It receives full sun throughout the majority of the day, but not currently producing figs. I’ve taken numerous cuttings from suckers and successfully grown them into small trees that have been shared with friends and neighbors.
Some say this will do fine in-ground in my zone. Others dispute this.
I purchased this as a Beer’s Black, which can be an AKA for either Black Mission or Violet de Bordeaux.
Have a small plant in a 1 gallon pot.
Brown Turkey (Southern?)
I planted this one in ground in the spring of 2016. We were still in a three year drought last summer and this location only gets morning sun. In addition, the soil is just horrible here. It’s recovered well this year, but still no figs.
Apparently, there are four to five primary varieties of Brown Turkey. I can only assume that this is the Southern Brown Turkey variety, since that is what is commonly grown is this region.
I just planted another in ground, which was started from a sucker from the above Brown Turkey last year. It already appears that it will overtake it’s elder. The soil is much better and receives full sun all day.
I also have a few more cuttings started. Again, not sure of the specific variety.
Brunswick (Texas Everbearing)
Purchased as a small “Texas Everbearing” from Wellspring Gardens. Now in a 3g pot.
Supposedly, “Texas Everbearing” is a synonym for European Brown Turkey or Brunswick. Wellspring indicates that this fig is different from Brown Turkey, but which “Brown Turkey”? Maybe it is actually a Brunswick.
Should do fine in-ground in my area.
More research is in order.
Celeste (Wal-Mart Unknown)
Not knowing anything about fig trees, the first one I purchased was merely an unknown variety from the local Wal-Mart in central Alabama. It is currently my only producing fig tree, planted in a RR tie raised bed. When originally planted, it received full sun for almost the entire day. But our house needed some shading, so I planted a fast growing tree in front of it. It still gets full sun in the morning and a little in the evening. The main trunk has some severe damage (freezing?). I may cut it back and just let one of the suckers take over.
After a little more experience with figs, I’m guessing that this is actually a Celeste. So, that’s what I’m going to call it until I have a reason to believe otherwise.
Apparently, this is a fairly new variety. There isn’t much info available for it. It is supposed to produce some exceptionally large figs. Maybe this is just marketing hype. Time will tell.
Should by hardy in my zone.
Now in a 2 gallon pot.
I bought this at Lowe’s on 10/20/17. It was a little pricey ($60), but seemed like a healthy fig tree. Original nursery is Monrovia. I planted it in ground on 10/22/17. Maybe a little late in the year, but it should do OK. Have a few more small trees in pots I started from cuttings from this tree.
Should do OK in my region.
According to Charlie Johnson with the LSU AgCenter, Improved Celeste is what they call O’Rourke. Or maybe not. There seems to be some debate on this.
Have one planted in ground and a couple more in small pots.