Celeste is a small, brown to purple fig well adapted... more
Fig tree Celeste (Ficus carica)
Celeste is a small, brown to purple fig well adapted to the South East and fairly cold hardy. The fruit ripens well before most figs. Celeste produces fruit good for eating fresh, processing, or preserves. They freeze well too. Figs are prized for their delicious fruit, which can be one to three inches in length, violet, brown or black. Most fruits are borne from early summer to late fall on new growth, and the fruits generally mature very quickly. The lovely lobed green leaves make it valuable in the landscape even without its fruit. They are very large, prominently veined and deeply lobed and may be 8 to 10 inches long. The fig makes a splendid patio or indoor plant that grows with little attention, save for constantly moist soil and bright light. Prefers alkaline, well-drained soil, but can tolerate wet conditions (waterlogging). Trees are very sensitive to frost when actively growing, but can withstand 10F when dormant. See article about this fruit tree.