Lemon Fig (Ficus carica)
How do you think figs entered into our lives? Well there is an Italian in the wood pile. Diane's Father buried the figs over winter in Chicago (zone 5).
What a good time he had when he moved to zone 8 near Memphis, he had figs everywhere. So that is how we got started, cuttings, pass along plants, getting excited and collecting varieties from nurseries and friends. Here are some of our selections.
Lemon, also knows as Blanche Italian, Honey Marseilles Heritage
The Lemon a/k/a Blanche fig tree is known as a medium-to-large fig and is an old, reliable variety in the South. The skin is yellowish green, and the flesh is white to amber. It is very sweet with a lemon flavor. It is a slow-growing, dense, and hardy tree and is a fine quality for canning, drying and fresh eating which has earned it the name Italian Honey Fig. Well adapted in the South. An old, reliable variety usually called Lemon in the South. A medium to large greenish yellow fig with white pulp and many seeds. Top-shaped (turbinate) without a neck. Sweet and delicate flavor with a nutty texture from the soft seeds. Some specimens produce fruit that have open eyes; others have fruit with relatively closed eyes. Well adapted in the South. Grows to 15' tall.
The debate will go on about the hardiness of figs. We are zone 7 and all our potted figs have survived the last couple of winters here pretty much unprotected in containers. Of course there always can come the unforeseen killer frost that will wipe them all out. So love them and grow them till that happens, then start over with new varieties.
Cannot ship to California or Hawaii, ships with soil