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LSU Purple Fig

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Description

Grow glossy purple fruit, enjoyed fresh or dried! Fruit is medium-sized with a mild flavor, high sugar content, and white flesh. The pulp is light amber to light red when ripe. Tree is a vigorous, upright grower. Highly productive. Pest- and disease-resistant. Louisiana State University introduction. Grows well in containers! Heat-tolerant. Ripens from July through frost. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Through Frost
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Good Sweet
Texture Fleshy Soft
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 7 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 7 - 10
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.

Pollination

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I want to try different varieties and research several sources to help with my choices. Have read a lot of positive reviews about this variety. I want the gold one also, but currently sold out. I grew up with Brown Turkey, in NC. It does well here, but isn't my favorite fig. I will give this lots of TLC and look forward to seeing how it does. Stark's always offers nice, healthy plants too. Great service, and I trust them. Thanks for offering!
Sandy on Apr 29, 2018
I love figs and the way different varieties taste. I thought this would be a perfect companion to the LSU Gold Fig.
Peggy D on Sep 10, 2017
I want to try different varieties and research several sources to help with my choices. Have read a lot of positive reviews about this variety. I want the gold one also, but currently sold out. I grew up with Brown Turkey, in NC. It does well here, but isn't my favorite fig. I will give this lots of TLC and look forward to seeing how it does. Stark's always offers nice, healthy plants too. Great service, and I trust them. Thanks for offering!
Sandy on Apr 29, 2018
LSU fan--can't have gold without purple.
Monica C on Feb 28, 2018
I love figs and the way different varieties taste. I thought this would be a perfect companion to the LSU Gold Fig.
Peggy D on Sep 10, 2017
Bought an LSU Gold Fig and I didn't want it to get lonely. I'm not an LSU fan (go Longhorns), but the Purple and Gold just seemed to go together.
Richard A on Mar 24, 2017
Heat tolerance was the first thing I considered when purchasing the LSU purple fig and the LSU gold fig. I also look for plants that the wildlife will eat if I do not. And figs are considered a "keystone" species, because so many species eat the fruit.
JESSICA M on Feb 14, 2017
Pest +disease resistant, highly productive, heat tolerant, growth is more upright than others and it only grows to around 8-10" high.
Judith W on Oct 3, 2016
My spouse is a HUGE LSU fan, and he loves figs, and the color purple. So he gets three things he loves together, all in one tree.
Carrie D on May 26, 2016
I'm planting new fig trees at a new residence
Anna S on May 17, 2016
This is one of my spouses favorite figs.
Scott C on May 6, 2016
size when mature
Tarry W on Apr 17, 2016
looking for cold hardy
Dan O on Feb 18, 2016
it's mature size will work best in my garden.
Ouida T on Feb 17, 2016
LSU fan--can't have gold without purple.
Monica C on Feb 28, 2018
Bought an LSU Gold Fig and I didn't want it to get lonely. I'm not an LSU fan (go Longhorns), but the Purple and Gold just seemed to go together.
Richard A on Mar 24, 2017
Can LSU purple be planted in pots?
Jinyun W on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I Hope so! I bought the fig tree in question last fall & placed in an approximate 10 gallon pot.I left them in the basement all winter but moved then outside this past weekend. I plan to leave them in pots for 2-3 years then plant them permanently in the ground.
Hope this helps. Be sure to use a big pot or the tree will get "root bound" fast.
Does the LSU Purple fig need winter protection like the celeste fig?
Barbara K on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I live in foothills of NC, zone 7B. Wrapped it only lightly last year and thought I'd lost it. We had a couple of rather cold periods, around 20 deg. It did come back nicely, but it was such a nice large plant when I set it out. Thankful it survived, and will take more care in future so I don't lose it. I did some research and will pack straw into a Bulap wrap this winter so it doesn't freeze back so hard.
What will happen if I get a lsu purple and a lsu good? Will they cross pollinate?
Deb C on May 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Each LSU fig variety is self-pollinating and will set fruit without cross-pollinating with another variety. Even if they cross pollinate, your LSU Purple tree will still have purple figs and your LSU Gold tree will still have yellow figs.
do I have to cover the fig tree in winter with burlap for it to survive new jersey winters.?
louie d on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you should winter protect a fig tree (especially when young) in your area. There may be some winter die-back, but the tree should spring back with plenty of new growth if the roots are established.

You may want to consider a different fig variety given where you live. Chicago Hardy is a much more cold tolerant fig and is worth considering.
I live in south west Florida and all we have here for soil is sand and some broken sea shells mixed in. Will a fig tree grow in this environment?
Georgette W on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You'd be far better off (and have a lot more figs) if you plant the tree in good, fertile soil in a large container, where it will do beautifully. This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
How tall does the LSU fig tree get?
Ladell H on Jul 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I purchased mine in the Fall of 2017. It is now about 8 feet tall with lots of figs on it. The taste is excellent! These are the best of my 5 figs I purchased.
when to plant a fig tree in Coastal Mississippi?
Barbara M on Oct 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
how soon will you have the dwarf lsu purple fig tree?
RAY1928 on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Probably not until fall; we have the supreme dwarf available right now. When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.

Customer Reviews

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Awesome experience with LSU Purple
I ordered 2 LSU Purple figs and then forgot about them until it was shipping time and I noticed I was billed. They arrived quickly and I'll admit I was concerned to see 2 sticks sticking out of a small rectangular pot.

I got them planted and both started shooting out growths almost immediately. Both are doing well and one even has 2 small figs on it. Could not be more impressed with Stark Bros!!!

Just saw my catalog arrived and am deciding what else to order.
February 26, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Looking good so far
Thus far, we like this variety ... Since we are pretty new to growing figs, and since these were just planted last year, it may be a few years before we have enough experience to give a fair review. We also planted two other fig varieties in hopes that at least one or two of them would work in our area of south central Oklahoma; we had a rather mild winter for 2015-2016, so all of the figs are leafing out. We already are thinking that the LSU Purple may be ahead of the rest and is the one likely to be ordered again to replace any others that don't make it; again, it may take a few years to be certain. We certainly did love the small harvest we had in late summer/early fall of 2015 from this variety ... absolutely heavenly fresh figs!
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
better than advertised
weathered the winter better than my 4 20 year old turkey figs. grows more like a tree.fruited first year. will do well this summer.
June 8, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
First-Rate Stock
I recently purchased four different fig trees to add to my collection. Due to wanting specific varieties, I purchased from four different suppliers, as to the variety I wanted that was available from that supplier. I paid four different prices ranging between $9.99 to $29.99, with the latter coming from Stark Bros. However, the old saying you get what you pay for sure is proved here. The sizes of the trees I received corresponded inversely to the prices I paid. The $9.99 was approximately 4 inches tall and the width of a #2 pencil, the next 10 inches same thickness, the next, 16 inches only slightly thicker, but the Stark Bros was at least 4 feet tall with a good stout trunk at least a 1/2 inch across! Guess which will bear sooner? I have purchased trees and plants from Stark Bros for many years and have never been disappointed. I always check Stark Bros first. All the trees are doing well after transplanting and have all put on leaves. I live in the beautiful northeast Texas piney woods area just south of Tyler, TX in zone 8b. Winters with lows in high teens and with hot humid summers. I fully expect this LSU purple fig to do well, as it's my understanding it was bred with our climate in mind. Hope this has been helpful.
April 9, 2018
So far, so good
My LSU purple fig tree arrived safe and sound in November. It has survived our mild rainy winter and seems healthy, hasn't begun to leaf out yet. Planting instructions were helpful.
February 18, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Purple fig
One is still in perfect condition. The other suffered winter damage and it looks as though something was chewing on the terminal end of the new branches. Wasps? I do have leaves lower down coming out. I expect it to recover.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
LSU Purple Fig
I planted this one in a container. It actually made a couple of figs the very first year! I put it in my garage for the winter. It over wintered quite well and now has a number of figs on it.
July 11, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
So far, my favorite fig
Purchased this late last summer and planted it between my deck and garden. I covered it during the winter months. The figs started showing in May, and ripening in late July. Of the first crop, we had about 10. I'd guess there are 30 - 40 figs left to ripen The fruit is a lovely dark color, and when it droops the taste is amazing! I will purchase another one of these when they are available. It's a great fig.
August 22, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Totally Awesome!
We received a very healthy tree which has thrived and even at such a young age has produced many excellent and sweet figs. The price was very reasonable too for your very fine product. Thank You!
May 14, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Exactly as delivered- it's growing well, figs maybe soon !
May 15, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago