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Celeste Fig

Item #131746, EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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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.


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.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
These figs are wonderful all around and also as medicine.
Ed H on Mar 17, 2020
Small and hardy plus self pollinating.
BERT M on Mar 8, 2020
These figs are wonderful all around and also as medicine.
Ed H on Mar 17, 2020
I love fresh figs and they aren't available in my area.
Susan S on Mar 14, 2020
Small and hardy plus self pollinating.
BERT M on Mar 8, 2020
Another of fig tree to have with different fig tree
Rick D on Mar 5, 2020
Compared the other types of Figs. This one "fits the bill"!
Flavor, location to plant r/t our landscaping project. I grew up eating figs off the bushes in the yard!.
Bree A on Feb 20, 2020
I love figs and this one is supposed to be good for my climate, which is generally difficult for fruit growing (Alabama).
Nathan Kennedy N on Feb 16, 2020
A fig tree that I had not purchased but grows well in my zone from many articles I had read over the past 2years .I had previously purchased two other fig trees and they are healthy and growing well in my location in central Florida zone 9B.i am looking forward to comparing the leaves,the shape and size of each different tree fig and of course the taste,and many other comparisons.
Vonja K on Dec 27, 2019
I wanted to grow a sweet fig at home that would be an indoor/outdoor plant.
Mark L on Jul 3, 2019
Because it is the next one on my wish list. Additionally, I already own all the other varieties sold at StarkBros. This dwarf size tree is ideal for a patio plant. The color of this fig looks very interesting, too. I've tried various tree nurseries, and I prefer StarkBros over all others.
Manny O on May 28, 2018
How can you not purchase something called a sugar fig?
Peggy D on Sep 10, 2017
I had so much success with my Chicago Hardy Fig, that I wanted to try another variety from Stark Brothers.
Tracey B on May 23, 2017
As a young lad I enjoyed this type of fig
QUINTON B on Apr 17, 2017
My daughter-in-law is a great gardener and loves figs...wanted to give her a thank you gift and thought this would be the perfect gift.
Adele B on Apr 4, 2017
It grew well in Texas where I'm from. It is the #1 rated fig for Texas by Dr. George Ray McEachern of Texas A & M.
GEORGE S on Mar 29, 2017
Figs seem to thrive here and I am a big fan of figs!
Maria F on Mar 25, 2017
We bought one for my mother-in-law a few years ago. Later, she shared fresh figs and homemade fig preserves with us, and gave us the confidence to try growing one our own yard.
Katherine D on Mar 19, 2017
successfully and productively grew this fig in Shreveport .La
david b on Mar 19, 2017
This is so sweet..I love the taste with some pistachios and honey!
Lori D on Mar 12, 2017
I'm a Master Gardener. I purchase a Celeste Fig some 10 years ago - each year, it produces wonderful fruit.
This winter, we had a bad freeze - I lost several olive trees. I'm slowly replacing them.
Lucia H on Mar 10, 2017
We were filling a Christmas gift request.
Deborah O on Dec 8, 2016
Personal experience, very good yield and tasty.
KAREN R on Oct 12, 2016
I chose this fig for its sweetness and the size of the bush.
Brenda H on Oct 7, 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
I love fresh figs and they aren't available in my area.
Susan S on Mar 14, 2020
Another of fig tree to have with different fig tree
Rick D on Mar 5, 2020
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 have asked this question as well and was informed its best to have the tree in large container, then in winter, tip it on its side tie up the branches and cover it with burlap then heap garden leaves over it. After the last frost uncover it and stand it up.
Do the fig fruit grow on this year new growth or past years wood ?
New gardener on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the spring is not cold we would get two crops in Maryland. One in June on the old growth and one in August on new growth. However, in the past several years we did not get the spring crop due to the cold springs.
How do you protect the fig tree from freezing?
Misak on Nov 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are several ways to do this. One is to plant it at a site that has a very low risk of freezing. That is a no-brainer. But you'd be surprised how planting up against a building or some other unique mircoenvironment will help protect it. Another option is to plant it is a large container that you can take into a garage or basement in the winter time. Not a great option, because that means you have to keep the plant small by excessive pruning. An approach my grandfather used was to dig a trench on one side of the plant and bend the tree down into it and cover it with soil. This burial approach is common among growers in some areas. The approach I am using is to wrap the tree in the fall after leaves have fallen to protect it from the cold. The main concern here is the hard, cold wind that can dry the developing buds. Wrapping it is not going to keep it especially warm in deep winter, but it will keep the wind from whipping across it, drying it out. Some people use old rugs or burlap bags or bed sheets. Do not use plastic trash bags, as heat can build up inside them during sunny days in late fall and early spring. I used some used landscape fabric followed by burlap last year and it worked OK. Be sure to wrap the whole thing. Don't prune it now, except maybe the stray branch that won't accommodate the wrapping. The other thing I do after the tree is wrapped is to cover the base of the plant with leaves to insulate the roots. There's a lot of stuff on the internet about this, so you might be able to find pictures as a guide. Enjoy.
Fig tree arrived with no branches- just looks like a stick ? is that normal?
Jeff l on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it's normal for a "bare root" tree to look like a stick with roots. I bought the same tree earlier in the year. You plant it as per the instructions and it will begin to grow leaves and branches after a bit. It takes a while, but it happens. It probably will not have any figs the first year and I don't expect any. Mine now has leaves and is slowly putting out branches from the top and the "stick". I expect to see no figs until year 2 or year 3. After that.... lots of figs and major growth (it has to develop a good root system before any of the good stuff happens).
Can this tree live indoors and then replanted outdoors? We are in an apartment and buying a house next year. Would this tree survive and be slow growing with a large plant light until we replant it in a year? Or is there a better fruit tree for this situation? Thanks!
Maggyc on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Celeste Fig can definitely live indoors. Last year I kept it in a slightly heated garage and it didn't go dormant. But it didn't produce during the summer. This winter I've got it a cooler, but not freezing location - hoping it will produce. Last year it had light from a window, didn't use a plant light. This year it's mostly dark and the plants are alive, but all the leaves have dropped. I water them lightly once a month.
I'm planning on keeping mine in pots (I have several), hoping it will put effort into fruit versus roots.
can I plant in container Celeste Fig ?
Yasmeen K on Jul 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but you want a large one, whiskey barrel size or larger and you may one day need to move it to an even larger container. Mine went in the ground. Stark brothers has a page on their site explaining how to grow figs in a container, and they are experts. The answer box says I should not post a link but it's on the Stark brothers site ( : if you need more help, call them, they are very good about helping people grow their trees.

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: If youwant the tree to grow as a multi trunk annd very productive producer then allow the low branches to grow. If you want the tree to be a single trunk tree then cut them.
My fig tree has plenty of leaves but no fruit?
Harriet R on Jul 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It took my new fig trees until their 4th summer to begin producing fruit.
I've had this tree for 3-4 years now, and this is the first year I've gotten fruit. I've got dozens of figs everywhere. I've alread picked about 5 of them when they've turned dark purple. However, they seem like they are inedible - the inside is white and almost tasteless dispite the outside being dark purple and starting to shrivel up a bit. What's going on? Does the tree need another year to make "real" figs or something? This tree is planted in a container that I bring in every winter.
STEVE R on Aug 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Steve, a fig novice here (Brown Turkey, Celeste, Chicago Hardy). Here is my theory. I predict you are in zone 6 or above as you overwinter inside. Figs often have a first (breba) crop that may be mediocre depending on weather/late frost, but often a poor breba will be "backed up" by a second generation bumper crop. Kind of like the tree is saying "If at first I do not succeed this season, let me try again!"
HOWEVER, the danger is that this enticing bumper crop is too late in the season,ie, not a proper amount of daylight. As such, this second crop gets stuck in its teenage years, and never has enough hours to properly ripen. As such, they turn color but never get that fleshy pulp we all love with goat cheese and honey. Note i doubt that this is solely from a drought, as I have weathered a lot of droughts and still have some figs fill out properly.
If this continues, I suggest Chicago Hardy which is about as cold tolerant as I have seen figs be. I live on the edge of 7b and I have entered legion late Septembers with bumper crops of mid size figs, that I know will never ripen as the days shorten.
I look forward to any other theories. No academic training, just real world failures:)
Kudos for fighting the cold with fig tastiness! Linwood
My Celeste Fig tree is one year old, the leaves have brown small spots on the underside, curl up and fall off. The tree was protected in the winter and is planted in a container. Does anyone know what is causing this? Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you!
Winona B on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Winona, first thanks for your interest in this wonderful fruit (flower). I am an advanced novice, but I would take a stab that this is fig rust. Lesions on the underside of the leaves hints that the disease loves darkness/moisture, which sounds fungal. If you are in the southeast US or another humid zone, I especially would blame fig rust. Here are my suggestions:
1. Remove all diseased leaves asap and either burn them or seal in a plastic bag and throw in the trash.
2 Mulch, even in a container, with a 3-4 inch layer of clean mulch.
3 When leaves or fruit falls to the soil, immediately remove them. Keep the soil surface clean.
4 Prune/shape the tree to allow open airflow as much as possible.
5 If you water, be sure to only water the soil, NOT the leaves.
6. Some discussion forums suggest leaving one top leaf for solar energy to help the denuded tree regenerate. If you have another healthy stalk/limb, I may ignore this tip.
7. The few rusty trees I have seen did recover and regenerate from the bottom.(Zone 7b, NC)
8. Be sure to check the pH of your container soil as the overall health and nutrient (NPK) availability to figs depends on a non acidic soil (pH of 7). Sprinkle periodic lime around the tree. A strong fig tree has the immune system to fight disease!
I look forward to other diagnoses and wish you the best. Linwood
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.
How old are the trees sold ?
Barbie on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees are 2 years old when shipped.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Celeste Fig tree is listed as dwarf tree in your description. Is the tree naturally dwarf, or is it because you grafted into dwarf root?
charley on Jan 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Celeste fig is naturally a dwarf tree. This is propagated by a rooted cutting.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what kind of organic soil should I use for transplanting a fig tree to a larger pot in house?
julia S on Jul 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any good organic potting soil is fine. Two kinds NOT to use are potting soil for citrus trees (which is too acidic) or moisture-control potting soil. It remains too wet and can cause root rot in fig trees.
The internet mentions an Improved Celeste variety, is this the same?
K T on Apr 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. There is only one 'Celeste'. This is the most recent strain.
how long does the tree live - average lifespan?
kevin g on Dec 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Presuming you are growing this variety in a suitable zone - the tree can last 50 years or more in the ground with proper care. Extreme weather conditions can affect lifespan, and growing it in a container will mean a shorter lifespan.
Are celeste and celestial fig the same or are they different?
dunleav1 on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 'Celestial' is the botanical name. "Celeste" is the brand name. They are one in the same.
Can this tree grown in 10A zone?
Petra K on Oct 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's a little warm ... but if you grow it in a container, you can control the soil temperature. It really depends upon your microclimate, because you're right on the Zone edge. You might want to read this article about growing in containers:
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 :)
I just received my Celeste Fig. I live in Dayton OH. Can I plant it outdoors now, or do I need to acclimate it first?
Valerie B on Mar 23, 2020

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
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
over 4 years 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
over 5 years ago
Happy Fig
Only two months of being planted.....
Already 6 little figs starting to develop.
June 21, 2016
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
over 4 years ago
PLANTED A YEAR AGO my fig tree looks healthy. we are looking forward to fruitful harvest.
February 25, 2016
over 4 years 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
over 5 years ago
Not Worth Doing in Zone 6
All plants died over winter were covered and protected in a shed uncovered end of april never came out of hibernation

August 3, 2016
over 4 years 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
over 4 years ago
Nice straight plant
Starting to bud. I hope one day it will fruit. Came when expected.
March 13, 2016
over 4 years ago