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LSU Purple Fig

Item #134313, Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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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.


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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 10 - 12' 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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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
I'm planting new fig trees at a new residence
Anna S on May 17, 2016
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
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
This is one of my spouses favorite figs.
Scott C on May 6, 2016
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.
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.
Does the LSU Purple fig need winter protection like the celeste fig?
Barbara K on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Barbara, I don't know where you live, but we are in western-south-central
Oklahoma and in this area, yes, protection is needed IF you don't want them
totally killed back to the ground over the winter. We did NOT protect ours over
the winter of 2015-16 (other than a light mulch layer) and many of the branches were
killed. However, new growth still came out and we had more figs than the first year.
We do plan to give them more protection this year. We have three varieties, and this
is our favorite one.
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.

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
1 year 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
1 year ago
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
1 year 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
over 2 years ago
LSU Purple Fig
I love my pampered little fig tree! It has grown well and is a beautiful addition to my landscape. I'm still waiting on it to produce figs, though. I'm hoping maybe this year?
June 10, 2016
1 year ago
Growing well
The tree is growing nicely. Just a little over one year now. No figs yet but things are looking good.
June 12, 2016
1 year ago
Big and Healthy
Like all Stark plants, it took off after I planted it and never looked back.
May 9, 2016
over 2 years ago
The plants were very good
This is the first full summer of growth and the Chicago and LSU fig tree growth was impressive however I'm not sure the figs will ripen . There are about 20 figs on each plant but maybe to many. they are small and may not ripen. should I limit the numbers so the rest will grow bigger or just give the young trees some time.
I'm very happy with them either way. they look good in my yard,I would recommend both of them. they are fun to watch develop
August 19, 2016
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. To help the figs ripen, I suggest putting some olive oil on a cotton ball and rubbing it on the eye of each fig. This will help speed up the ripening process.
August 22, 2016
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