This is a large to very large purple fig with good flavor. An heirloom fig that was brought to the US from Italy via Dr. Sam Monticello's grandmother. The soon to be Mrs. Decarlo was a 16 years old bride and on her way to meet her new husband. She wrapped the cuttings in newspaper to get them here as she traveled to the new world aboard ship. Dr. Monticello, a Lake Charles Master Gardener and retired physician, says that they have been grown in this area from the time his grandmother arrived here as well as in Kansas where part of their family migrated to.
We have tasted them off our young trees, and this is the only one, so far, that we think is tastier than Celeste! Seems to have a richer flavor!
Fig trees do best where they get at least 8 hours of direct sun per day. Once well established they are fairly drought tolerant but extended dry periods can cause leaf and fruit drop as well as early dormancy. A deep organic mulch will help to alleviate extremes in moisture levels, reduce nematode issues, as well as to reduce competition from weeds. Item #9881.
Grows To: 10'H x 10'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Soil pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Soil Types & Moisture: Average moisture, good fertility, and good drainage.
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Cultivar Origin: Italy - via the Decarlo family of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Sap - Skin & Eye Irritant
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Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml