Improved Celeste Fig
Ficus carica 'Improved Celeste'
How can you improve on Celeste, the Honey fig? Well here you go, Improved Celeste produces good crops of very sweet, small to medium sized light violet to violet-brown fruit with reddish amber flesh. It may produce a light breba crop but the main crop produces a large yield of delicious fruit. The tightly closed eye makes it resistant to spoiling and so it is a good choice for the Southeast. Ripens with Celeste in June. A small productive and hardy tree.
By some accounts Improved Celeste was an early release of what is now the O'Rourke fig and is a product of Dr. Ed O'Rourke's breeding program at LSU.
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.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Average Mature Plant Size: 10'H x 10'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones:
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Preferred pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Native To: US-LSU, Dr. Ed O'Rourke
Salt Tolerant: Moderate
Attractions: Fruiting, Heirloom, Birds, Bees
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered