Fruit Trees

Best 6 Fig Trees To Grow In Southern Northern & Central Louisiana

When chosen properly and tended carefully, fig trees in Louisiana thrive in the subtropical climate. The fig wasp is not able to pollinate fig trees in Louisiana, nor can open-eyed fig varieties because they crack in humid weather. Growers of green and brown figs in Louisiana can use the fruit to make jam, baked goods and preserves for consumption.

Figs are dormant in the late winter-early spring, when they are suitable for planting in Louisiana. Fig wasps do not need to pollinate Celeste, Kadota, Brown Turkey, Champagne, Alma, or LSU Purple, which can be pollinated by a closed-eyed variety.

If you wish to grow fig trees, choose a location with full sunlight and well-draining soil. You should choose a location with enough space for a mature tree to grow 30 feet tall. Your fig tree needs a hole that is deeper and wider than its container. Make sure the hole is free of rocks and weeds. Your shovel will loosen up the dirt below the hole that helps the fig tree adapt.

Using a gentle pull on the trunk, remove the fig sapling from its container. You should massage the root ball with your fingers to break it up. Check out the fig tree’s roots. You can also unwind roots if they have become coiled from being inside a container. Scissors can be used to cut back broken or smashed roots.

The roots of the fig tree should be spread out using your fingers as you place it in the hole. A fig tree’s performance is best when it is allowed to settle 3 to 4 inches lower than it was in its container. Soil should be placed over the hole, but the soil should not be pressed into the hole. Cover the entire hole with soil then water until soil is fully saturated around the hole.


Osborne Prolific Fig Tree


Everything is fig-related! The Osborne Prolific Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Osborne Prolific’) embodies this sentiment! Growing figs means not one, but two bumper crops of sweet, plump, and delicious figs each and every year!

A cold-hardy tree that bears fruit every spring on old wood and in the fall on its new growth, this tree lives up to its “prolific” moniker!

As spring approaches, watch in awe as your Fig tree begins producing plump, reddish-brown fruits. These large Figs are amber-colored with pink blushes and have a delicious, sweet flavor!

As summer approaches, spring brings a great harvest of delectable gems just in time for barbecues and picnics! In time for the holiday baking and jam-making season, after you’ve consumed your share of the spring crop from your Osborne Prolific Fig Tree, you’ll be eagerly anticipating the fall harvest.


Chicago Hardy Fig Tree


You can never go back to epicurean edible gardening once you take the plunge! The satisfaction of watching your very own crop ripen on your balcony, patio or long row of trees is unparalleled.

Fig trees from the cold-hardiest line of Fig trees will start to produce their fruit in late summer. Another absolutely gorgeous tree is the Chicago Hardy Fig tree (Ficus carica ‘Chicago Hardy’).

Figs of the Chicago Hardy variety develop distinctive leathery, dark green, three-fingered leaves. A leaf might be ten inches long, and these are gigantic!

They will add a wonderful Mediterranean touch to northern gardens. The sophisticated look of containerized pairs or trios on your balcony or patio is almost unimaginable.

Figs from this region grow vigorously and are tough, hence the name Bensonhurst Purple Fig. The abundant harvest…even after a difficult winter…will make you happy, no matter where you live.

LSU Purple Fig Tree

LSU Purple Fig Trees are hardy trees that produce sweet fruits with little effort. It was bred by Louisiana State University for disease resistance and tasty fruit, making it a perfect option for those seeking easy cultivation and the prospect of home harvests.

Fruit can even be found as early as year two on the LSU fig! The LSU Purple Fig can set fruit in its second to third year, when most fig trees take four to five years to reach maturity. Plus, with our bigger sizes, you can get fruit from the beginning of the growing season.

In any season, April through December, figs can be enjoyed outdoors or indoors. LSU Purple Fig trees have three distinct fruiting seasons: an early spring crop, a large main crop in July, and a fall or winter crop. Eat these sweet, healthy figs year-round, dry them for storage, or make jam and preserves with the fruit. Since it thrives in a container, the possibilities with LSU Purple are endless. Despite humid and hot conditions, it grows well in the Southeast.

Yellow Fig Tree

You’ve been missing out if you haven’t ever eaten a fig the moment they are freshly picked, still warm from the sun.

Regardless of where you live, you can grow your own figs with this Yellow Fig Tree.

Yellow Fig Trees produce one of the most flavorful fresh figs on the planet, and they are very sweet.

Each fruit tastes delicious because of its mouth-watering texture and flavor. The tart skin is paired with soft, melted flesh packed with a honey-like sweetness.

Fignomenal Fig Tree

Fignomenal Figs are easy to grow and produce sweet fruits!

Additionally, Fignomenal won the Retailers’ Choice Award at Cultivate 2021, so you won’t find a better compact fig.

Everything is bigger in a small package! Fignomenal Fig is a dwarf fig tree (Ficus carica) that grows up to 28’ tall and wide, making it perfect for urban gardens and small yards alike. Just put it in a pretty container on your patio or porch and watch it thrive.

You can always enjoy sweet, juicy desserts when you grow the Fignomenal Fig outside, as its foliage is beautiful and its fruit is sweet and juicy.

With a dark brown outer peel and a pink center, this fruit is medium in size.


Celeste Fig Tree


Fig trees have astronomical value. Are you looking for a medium-sized, fruit-bearing tree that is resistant to the elements?

Celestial Fig Trees are suitable for this purpose. The vigorously-growing tree is highly productive, cold hardy, and resistant to pests and diseases, making it a suitable choice for a variety of planting locations. A mass of lush greenery will quickly engulf your tree.

Leaf growth on the Celestial can reach a foot in length. The number of medium-sized figs is impressive, largely because of their ‘closed eye’ appearance.

This feature works as a defense mechanism against dried fruit beetles and helps prevent spoilage. What happened? With every harvest, your trees will produce more figs.