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  • Beautiful violet breba -- what is this fig?

    This tree was given to me in 2018 labeled as Desert King, which it is clearly not. (The person who gave it to me said he got the cuttings from the East Coast.) It makes a solid main crop, of which I'll have photos in a month (okay okay -- 2 months!). But these brebas are awesome and the pigmentation inside is really cool. Flavor is sweet and figgy, with a lot of seed crunch. One of the attached photos gives an idea of the very indented leaves. There is no serration in the leaves, for what that's worth. What could this variety be?

    Thanks,
    Alastair
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    Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
    The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

  • #2
    Thank you for these news and pictures.
    The fig shown on the picture seems to be of a Smyrna variety, having received the correct ammount of pollen, matuning practically all of its flowers.
    Given the high seed density and juicy insides.. the very thin flesh tissu under the skin also indicates a perfect caprification.
    I do grow a much 'similar' type and wonder if they are 'cousins' .. It would help a lot if you find the origins of this cultivar ..

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    • DerekWatts
      DerekWatts commented
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      He says that it ripens breba, so not smyrna.

    • Alastair
      Alastair commented
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      In the previous two summers, all its breba figs dropped, so go figure. Its main crop ripens without issue, so I suspect it is NOT wasp-dependent, since I don't believe I have a steady flow of wasps through my neighborhood.

    • Alastair
      Alastair commented
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      I also should have mentioned that I gave the seeds the float test. Of 8 or 10 seeds, all floated. That is, 100 percent of tested seeds floated. None sank.

  • #3
    I've seen photos of Atreano that look close to this. Depending on whose photos you're looking at, it can take on that wine color and the leaves can be similar in shape.
    Springfield, OR - Zone 8b
    WL: Campaniere

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    • #4
      I checked out Atreano. I see a possible candidate here, but I am not convinced. Any other ideas?

      I will also point out that this tree, about 3.5 by 3.5 feet, has ~150 main crop figs on it, and they seem on track for early ripening, probably late-August and through September.
      Last edited by Alastair; 07-31-2021, 10:38 AM.
      Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
      The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

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      • JR
        JR commented
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        Sorry for this comment but Iam confused
        This is a much intriguing fig! You have just shown a fresh 'breba' and now tell of its main crop to be ready by early August !? Are you sure ?..early August is next week
        On the 4th picture you show, I believe, that breba is still attached to the branch.. I may be wrong but that wood does not seem to be from last season? ..or is it ?
        Sorry for all these questions.
        JR

      • Alastair
        Alastair commented
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        Hey JR -- I meant that the main crop is on track for early ripening, probably late August, and definitely into September. I see why my ordering of words was confusing.

        In the fourth photo, you are correct -- that is all this year's growth, and those are all main crop figs.

        I am beginning to believe this is Atreano. As far as productivity, I would it among the highest in my collection.
        Alastair

      • JR
        JR commented
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        Alastair, agree your fig looks similar to Atreano and could well be a clone or a sport..
        Another point on my questions is ...'when you say you have lost all your brebas'....
        I know your climate is much milder -cooler- than the Central Valley but not a reason for aborting brebas..man! That's California ! Think this may deserve some investigation...
        As a side note when first read your topic, about that violet pulped 'breba' I recall Lampeira Prusch presented first by Gary a few years ago...also established in Sebastopol!

    • #5
      This looks a lot like my Atreano.
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      Zea
      Watsonville, CA. zone 9

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      • Alastair
        Alastair commented
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        Yep, sure looks like the same fig. Are these figs in the photo brebas?

      • Zeamaizing
        Zeamaizing commented
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        Yes, brebas. The main crop is a totally different color inside.

    • #6
      That is amazing looking fig! I may be knocking on your door or backyard in late August when I am in Santa Rosa again and beg for a taste.
      Peter - San Diego 10a. Santa Rosa 9b, 10b. WL: Angelito, Sicily 33, Narucciolo d Elba and Figoin. Better to give than to receive

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      • Alastair
        Alastair commented
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        Just ping me!

      • PBfigs
        PBfigs commented
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        I will. Thanks!

    • #7
      Have you looked at Dalmatie as a possibility? I saw a picture of Staten Island Bomb that made me think of your post. Apparently, it’s a synonym for Dalmatie, and has a breba crop. Though it looks like it has 7 finger leaves, and I can’t tell if yours does. Atreano has 5 finger leaves, I believe, which may match yours more.
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      • #8
        Main crop photos below. It's the green one. I'm still wondering what it might be.



        Sebastopol, California. Zone 9a
        The best time to plant a fig tree was 80 years ago. The second best time was 50 years ago. Oh well.

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