Fig Variety Details

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Variety
Osborn Prolific
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NPGS ID
DFIC 075
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DFIC 75, Archipel, Bellaclare #7, Cape Brown, De l’Archipel, Figue Grisé, Hardy Prolific, Kaapse Bruin, Neverella? Osborne Prolific, Osborne's Prolific, Osbornes Prolific, Osborns Prolific, Osborn's Prolific, Ronde Noire, Rust

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Description

Info. on this variety from Watts, Figs in Coastal Southern California, Fruit Gardeners, California Rare Fruit Growers, Vol. 23, No. 6, December 1991: Medium, purplish skin, amber pulp. Poor on coast. Ripens too slowly, lacks flavor and sweetness. Info. on this variety from Sanders, Figs in Containers, Fruit Gardeners, California Rare Fruit Growers, Vol. 23, No.6, December 1991: Medium-to-large, thin-skinned, dark reddish-brown fruit. Medium-open eye. Very sweet, white-to-amber flesh. Ad apts to cool, short summers, coastal areas. Has poor production and less flavor in hot climates.

As Cape Brown/Kaapse Bruin: One of South Africa’s oldest figs, common since the early 1900s. It ripens early to mid-season with a uniformly brown skin and pink flesh. Resists the attentions of flies well.

Pedigree
Condit Monograph

Cape Brown = Kaapse Bruin

As Rust: Two or three decades ago, the Edward H. Rust Nurseries, Pasadena, California, obtained some fig cuttings from a tree peddler who said that the variety was originally from England. The nursery propagated the material, and eventually distributed it under the name Osborn Prolific. Trees have been located in a few dooryards at Arcadia, San Gabriel, and Pasadena, and scions have fruited at Riverside since 1950. Brebas are seldom produced. The main crop, however, ripens over a long season, and is highly regarded for fresh-fruit consumption.

Leaves above medium, mostly 5-lobed; upper sinuses of medium depth, lower sinuses shallow, basal sinuses broad; base sometimes truncate, usually cordate; upper margins coarsely serrate, lower margins entire.

Second—crop figs above medium, pyriform, with body 2 inches long by 1-3/4 inches in diameter; average weight 40 grams; neck thick and short, or often slender, and up to 1 inch long, decidedly flattened, also curved; stalk slender, up to 1 inch long, allowing the fruit to hang with the apex downward; ribs narrow, slightly raised; eye medium or above, open; white flecks few, elongated, inconspicuous; surface somewhat glossy, skin checking crisscross at complete maturity; bloom delicate; color bronze to violet-brown; meat white; pulp amber, or light strawberry, somewhat hollow; flavor sweet and rich; seeds medium; quality fair. (Plate 28, B.)

Family
TBD
Sub Family (New)
Type
Common
Collection
Belleclare
Non-Carica
N/A
Availability
Excellent
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Beginner
High
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Origin
England

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Main Crop

Main Season
Mid-Late
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Main Yield
Excellent
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Main GDD
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Main Primary Flavors
Caramel, Sugar
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Main Fruit Size
30-50g
Main Seed Crunch
Moderate
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Main Skin Thickness
Main Eye Opening
Open
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Main Eye Description
Medium
Main Fruit Drop Resistance
Average
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Main Rain Tolerance
Average
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Main Uses
Fresh
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Breba Crop

Brebas?
Yes
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Breba Rain Tolerance
Average
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Climate

Vigor
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Cold Hardiness
In Ground Zone
Produces After Die-back
Average
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Rooting Ease
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Container Adaptable
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RKN Resistance
Average
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FMV Resistance
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