Figs are mentioned in many of our earliest texts, and evidence suggests that these broad, deciduous trees have been in cultivation for thousands of years. The fig tree’s leaf, in particular, is a widely familiar shape that has provided some of the world’s most famous statues and paintings with strategic covering and a modicum of modesty. In the landscape, these large, deeply lobed leaves provide a coarse texture and cast dense shade. The tree itself is usually short but wide in stature with smooth, silvery bark, multiple trunks, and a remarkable tolerance of desert heat and sun.
‘Violette de Bordeaux’ is a true dwarf variety that produces 2 crops of sweet, rich fruit per year. Perfect for eating fresh or drying, these fruit have a dark purple to black skin and a tasty red to dark pink flesh when ripe. This variety’s smaller size makes it the perfect choice for growing in containers or tighter spaces, and some people (including this author) think that its fruit has the best flavor.
Height: 6 – 10 feet
Width: 6 – 10 feet
Bloom color: n/a
Flowering season: Early Summer, Early Fall
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F


Photo Gallery

Ficus caricaFicus caricaFicus carica varietiesFicus caricaFicus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux'