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Description

Also called sugar fig

Sweet as sugar with a smooth rich flavor. Fruit has violet skin and rose-colored flesh. Fruit is delightful fresh, but also dries beautifully. “Closed eye” when ripe; helps resist splitting and souring. One of the most widely planted fig trees. Needs winter protection. Pest- and disease-resistant. Minimal pruning needed. Grows well in containers! Heat-tolerant. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Sweet As Sugar, Juicy
Texture Soft
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 7 - 10' tall x 7 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 7 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow fig trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Flavor and cold-hardiness
Jessica K on Jun 22, 2016
Wife said too!
Larry H on May 3, 2016
Flavor and cold-hardiness
Jessica K on Jun 22, 2016
Small size and description of growing habit
Susan D on May 23, 2016
Wife said too!
Larry H on May 3, 2016
Cold hardy for Zone 7 and also many great reviews on this little fig. Also like the fact that it can be grown in a container successfully & low maintenance.
Leanne P on Apr 25, 2016
Have not tried but it is in honor of my Granddaughter, Celeste.
FAYE C on Apr 19, 2016
I am from Louisiana and grew up climbing Celeste fig trees as a child and I have tasted many other figs. None are as sweet and easy to peel as the Celeste. I don't always peel mine because the skin is almost as sweet as the inside! Most growers who deliver to stores in TX only grow the Turkey Fig. It doesn't come close to the Celeste
Mary Dorothy F on Apr 5, 2016
I have a small back yard that is deer-proof, it was self-pollinating, and is dwarf. It should also work with my soil type.
Robina K on Apr 5, 2016
For the sweetness of the fruit and it's ability to thrive in a pot and drought conditions.
Jennifer R on Mar 18, 2016
This is a gift for my first grandchild...a Birth Tree.
Janet K on Mar 15, 2016
Bought as a gift for parents.
Vanessa B on Mar 7, 2016
My mother raised fig trees in Souther California when I was growing up. Her favorite recipe was Strawberry Freezer Jam using her figs and a package of strawberry jello. I was excited to learn that fig trees can be grown in my area of the midwest and want to give it a try. For this tree I will try planting in a large container, a whiskey barrel will suit me just fine. This way I can protect the tree in the cold winter months by rolling it into the barn. Wish me luck!
Winona B on Mar 1, 2016
Small size and description of growing habit
Susan D on May 23, 2016
Cold hardy for Zone 7 and also many great reviews on this little fig. Also like the fact that it can be grown in a container successfully & low maintenance.
Leanne P on Apr 25, 2016
The description says it needs winter protection. How does one go about protecting a 7 to 10 ft tall/wide fig tree?
Mario M on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i live in south louisiana and we often see temps below 32 degrees for one or two days but i have never seen a tree die good luck
Do the fig fruit grow on this year new growth or past years wood ?
New gardener on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The fig will grow on new wood that is this year's growth.
Fig tree arrived with no branches- just looks like a stick ? is that normal?
Jeff l on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my moderate experience with 10 fig trees and 4 different varieties, yes, this
is normal. If you plant in fall, barring a hard winter, in mid-late (usually very late-even after mulberries have leafed out) spring, fig leaves will come up from the base, and over time branches will emerge using energy from the base leaves. So, at first you start off with a small fig "bush". Note that in a hard winter, the top half ot the original stick may die, but as long as you have the base leaves, new sticks/shoots will emerge and the top half of the original stick will break off.
I have had the least luck here in the border of zone 7a/7b with black mission-winters are too rough without shielding and no bush is ever generated come spring. Good luck!
How do you protect your fruit from birds? It's so frustrating to have birds feasting on figs when they start to darken. Thanks. Vincent
Vincent L on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Stake at least three poles to support plastic netting. Secure net to stakes with plastic zip ties or heavy twist ties. I also attached a large kid's metallic plastic pinwheel on one stake- no more bird attacks.
There are lots of small sprouts near soil line of my celeste fig (It's about 2' tall now.) Should they be removed?
Liz W on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Liz. I understand that the trees are grafted. So, I remove sprouts that grow below the union because they may not have the desired genes of Celeste figs and I do not want them to compete with the tree.
Because of the stress from heat and drought, this year each time I pick a fig, I break the leaf off where it was growing. Has anyone else heard about such a practice? Could this do any good (or harm)? Very old Celeste tree/bush.
Jane C on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have never heard of doing that. However, I can't see that it could do any harm. But, I have no idea as why it's done.
I have a Celeste figtree that's planted and it for fruit last year. I overwintered it and I thought it was dead. I did not take it out it's about 3 feet tall. Then I noticed leaves and small branches growing from the base of the tree but nothing from the established part of the tree. Should I prune it back? I'm not sure what to do thanks for your help, Karen
Karen P on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Fig trees will sometimes die back to the ground in cold climates. The small branches growing from the base of the tree are evidence of the tree re-sestablishing itself. These branches will fruit. Any of the original branches that appear to be dead may be cut back. The new growth will form the tree. This may happen yearly, or not, depending on the severity of each winter. I hope this information is helpful :)

Customer Reviews

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Celeste, the Best!
Almost 20 years ago I bought 1 Celeste fig tree from Stark Bros. When planting it, I put in the soil all the proper Stark Bros "accessories". This fig tree bore fruit that first year (unusual). Every year its yield has increased to hundreds of figs per year. It has also spread to be about 40 feet wide and 40' high. Absolutely Beautiful and Sweet - both the tree and fruit! It lives up to its name Celeste - Joy!!
Beware of wasps, moths and other insects which want it eat it before you do. : )
April 14, 2016
HEALTHY FIG TREE
PLANTED A YEAR AGO my fig tree looks healthy. we are looking forward to fruitful harvest.
February 25, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Tree
I have to give this one the same review as I did the Chicago Hardy. Potted it up, wintered over in the garage, buds before it was warm enough to go outside. I also purchased one of these for my friend and he had great luck with it from the get go. He had figs the first year after planting it in the ground. My Celeste is in the ground this year and growing well. Both the Chicago Hardy and Celeste are beautiful trees.....looking forward to tasty figs. I live in north central WV, cold climate!
May 18, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Nice straight plant
Starting to bud. I hope one day it will fruit. Came when expected.
March 13, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Happy Grower
I ordered two Celeste Fig trees less than a year ago and have already eaten several figs (yum). I was not expecting any the first year so that was a very pleasant surprise. The trees are growing well and setting on new fruit this season. I am growing them in a greenhouse in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.
June 9, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
So far, so good
Was asked to review this tree, but it is too young to bear fruit. So, what I can say it that it is growing nicely. It began budding out shortly after I received it last fall, and has continued to grow well in a 20 gallon Smart Pot, even after my dogs stripped every single leaf off of it last year! It came back strong this spring and looks great.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Happy Fig
Only two months of being planted.....
Already 6 little figs starting to develop.
June 21, 2016
Celeste Fig
We planted our fig tree in a large pot when we received it. It is a strong healthy plant and has many new leaves and is thriving. Now we are just waiting for the fruit to come and considering how to keep the squirrels away!
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Celeste Fig
Purchased 2 celeste fig trees last year, planted both in containers and both have grown well, about 1 month ago I discovered 5 figs developing on one tree, none on the other, too early to pick and taste, both trees are growing very well. This will present a problem for me when winterizing them in a few months as the one is about 8 ft. tall
August 5, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Good Strong Stock.
While the jury is still out on the fruit this plant will produce, it has established itself and is strong and healthy. I look forward to a good yield in a year or two.

Definitely will purchase from Stark Brothers again.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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