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  • LSU Tiger

    I wouldn't be surprised if LSU Tiger comes to be considered one of the most productive and most appealing producers for short seasons, along with Ronde de Bordeaux and the Mt Etnas.

    LSU Tiger is productive, sizable, and bright for a dark fig, and begins to ripen not long after another appealing big producer, the Mt Etnas, which ripen not long after the early appealing big producer Ronde de Bordeaux.

    Tiger can often almost look like a variegated fig when ripe, given its striations. A very good sugar-fruit flavor. Seems to hang well on the tree after coloring and can need to, to achieve its first-rate flavor. Tiger was under the radar for me on looks, flavor, size, and productivity. The ripe fruit striation seems particularly unusual and appealing. I had overlooked it at first as it's not stark but noticeable. Later in the season it began to catch my eye as a great feature, one that seems relatively unique. Many figs have slight striations but Tiger's striations seem especially pronounced.

    LSU Improved Celeste is similar in many ways to Tiger. LSU IC often ripens bright for a dark fig, and sometimes has striations, a somewhat similar shape, earlier than Tiger, very productive, but not as strong in shape, not as firm of texture in pulp, and a larger eye than Tiger, with less of any berry flavor usually. Tiger has a tighter neck and a less messy eye than IC also. Still, two extremely functional figs for short seasons.
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    Last edited by mountainfigs; 10-07-2016, 12:56 PM.
    Tony WV 6b

  • #2
    Very nice Tony! Thanks for sharing, I especially lake the last pic of the plate full of RdBs and Tigers. What would you say average weight is? Do they get into the 30+ gram territory or do they stay in the upper 20s like most Etnas do. Also, just to be clear...your saying there is some berry flavor to Tiger, right?
    Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
    Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!


    • mountainfigs
      mountainfigs commented
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      Don't know how I missed commenting on this, back in the day. In my experience, LSU Tiger produces at a somewhat larger average size than Etnas. Yes, a mild berry flavor to it, tending toward sugar as it moves to dead ripe.

  • #3
    I agree, Tony. This was the first year for figs from my Tiger - I agree with the productivity, and that it is not simply a sweet fig - there is a mild fruity flavor to it. I would estimate it is about the same size as my Mt Etnas, eyeball test only - no scale.

    My Tiger started ripening 8/14, 3 days before the first of my Mt Etnas (all of which were in their 1st or 2nd years of fig production), 3 days after my first RdB. (all grown in SIPs)

    I am impressed with it! It is a keeper. I plan to put a copy in ground.
    Last edited by eboone; 10-07-2016, 01:05 PM.
    SW PA zone 6a


    • mountainfigs
      mountainfigs commented
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      That's how mine seemed, and first ripened a couple days after yours, while my older Mt Etnas came in a bit earlier. Not sure now what to make of this Louisiana Figs article in both its description of Tiger's colors and ripening time: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonly...igshighres.pdf

  • #4
    Calvin, actually, that last pic is RDB and Improved Celeste, no Tigers. Shows that IC can be somewhat striated and look something like a smaller Tiger. It was taken August 11, five days before any Tigers ripened. It also includes Mt Etnas and O'Rourke on their first day of ripening, also Conadria.

    Didn't weigh, couldn't guess. Tiger may look bigger than it is, don't know but feels solid and sizable. I think Ed describes Tiger exactly right in his post above, same size and flavor and productivity in my experience, and in a very young tree too. My Mt Etnas are older which may be why they began ripening 5 days before Tiger first came in.

    Photo here includes both Tiger and Improved Celeste.

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    Tony WV 6b


    • Ruben
      Ruben commented
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      What variety are the two big green on the center? Thanks

    • mountainfigs
      mountainfigs commented
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      Emerald Strawberry (UCD 143-36)

    • FigginCrazy
      FigginCrazy commented
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      Looks delicious.

  • #5
    Looks great, would you mind sharing leaf pics?


    • #6
      Tiger leaves:
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      Tony WV 6b


      • #7
        Another fig to add to my list.
        Tony, Toronto Canada USDA 4B now 5B apparently!!
        Wishlist: Rigato Del Salento PB,
        San Biago.


        • #8
          My leaves all were spade like at first, as in Tony's picture, then gradually added some 3 lobed leaves, and even a couple 5 lobed ones by mid-summer.
          SW PA zone 6a


          • Netstars
            Netstars commented
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            I noticed the exact same thing Ed.

        • #9
          I love the pictures! Now, I really can't wait until next year to really try my LSU Tiger. I lost all but one of my Tigers this year to the critters. The tree was small and only produced a handful anyway.
          North East, OK - zone 7a/6b
          Wish List: WM #1, MBVS, LSU Hollier, Sodus Sicilian, Sweet Diane, Yellow Long Neck


          • #10
            Mountainfigs, how about the hardiness of LSU Tiger. Does it overwinter in your zone 6b without protection?
            Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b


            • mountainfigs
              mountainfigs commented
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              Nothing does. All my cultivars die back to the ground unless covered with mulch or snow. That said, I don't have this one in ground yet.

          • #11
            Thanks for sharing the photos and info.

            I have to agree that its another overlooked cultivar that's mid season ripening, they started to ripen before the Mount Etna Types, but after Celeste (Heritage types).
            The eye is smaller than LSU IC's and the flavor is sweeter, fruity but not "berry" or acidic.
            Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b


            • #12
              Hi all, so what's LSU tiger's fig looks like?


            • #13
              I started two Tiger cuttings in November 2018. Both have turned into nice trees. I did not get figs this year, just nice growth. I will be putting one in ground in Oregon next spring. I have noticed that many people are beginning to praise the variety lately. I am searching out varieties that are somewhat early and are possible in ground candidates. Thanks for the update Tony!
              Zone 8B - Cottage Grove, Or
              Wish List - Crema di Wheat


              • DerekWatts
                DerekWatts commented
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                Mine have done well too. Very vigorous. It's encouraging to see all the love this variety is getting. I'm hoping to get a couple fruits next year!

            • #14
              Does this look like a Tiger fig? How long should I wait to pick it?
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              • #15
                Wait until it shrivels a bit, if possible. The neck should be softened up and buckled (the hangman). Its looking good!! I can't wait to try mine!! Thanks Dtownfigs!
                Last edited by Mr.Figs; 09-08-2019, 05:14 PM.
                New Madrid, Mo. Z7


                We all bleed fig-honey!


                • #16
                  Some of my tigers have a hint of smoke flavor and no there were no fires or cigar smoking going on near them.
                  Soccer playing, whiskey drinking, cigar smoking, dark fig eating woman
                  married to my best friend, the same uber tolerant man, for 29 years
                  Zone 7a


                  • #17
                    I have an LSU Tiger that was started last year and is sitting in a three gallon pot. It grew about two feet this year and put on a handful of very large leaves, but no fruit. Hopefully it's just from being too young and will start producing next year.
                    Zone 7B/8A Wake Forest, NC. Wish list - 1. To stop murdering fig cuttings. 2. To find the biggest, juiciest, cold hardiest, most delicious common fig in the world! (and not murder it)


                    • #18
                      Ok ok. I’m sold. It’s going on my WL along with Hollier
                      Z8+ Oregon, willamette valley
                      Current listings (if any): https://www.figbid.com/Browse?Seller=Sod


                      • #19
                        This is the first year I got to taste a fig from my in-ground LSU Tiger. I've been waiting 7 years for one to ripen. They all either dropped or got knocked off by critters previously while still green. It was very small but very tasty and a definite keeper. I'd agree with others that it has a mild, fruity flavor.
                        7B Southern NJ


                        • standalonus
                          standalonus commented
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                          I think you can wait 50+ years.

                        • arachyd
                          arachyd commented
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                          This is a hobby that takes patience.

                        • BC BYRON
                          BC BYRON commented
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                          It can ripen here standalonus

                      • #20
                        I put a rooted cutting in ground early January and it's become a nice big fig tree now. It's putting on fruit though I'm not sure it'll have enough time to ripen them completely, sure hope it does though!
                        In the back is an Imp. Celeste which has also growing incredibly well it's first season in ground.

                        LSU Tiger, less than a year of growth.
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                        Close up of the leaves, one can see a small figlet forming. All the branaches are loaded, pinching around June triggered the plant to fruit and put out new growth. One can see where I pinched the original branch on the photo above where the leaf is turned around. It put out these 4 new vigorous suckers which I've since pinched and started airlayering a couple; the idea is to air layer most of them or take cuttings to give the tree more structure. I'd really like to take more airlayers but I'd be sacrificing some fruits. Which in some sense might be good since I believe that would translate into more robust ripe figs a bit earlier. Any tips y'all want to input in regards to pruning and managing this LSU Tiger are more than welcomed.
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                        LSU IC, planted from cutting the same date as the LSU Tiger. Also been growing exceptionally well and is loaded with figs... they really seem to like the soil here at my grandma's place.
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                        Last edited by Mateo Milmo; 09-14-2019, 08:23 AM.
                        Monterrey, MX Zone 10b // San Antonio,TX Zone 9a


                        • #21
                          My LSU tiger was an extreamely fast grower when in a pot. Gave half a dozen figs the first year, which were awsome! After going in the ground, it didn't do as well and died after 2 years. I think due to a drainage issue, also, it had gotten quite root bound in the pot (5 gal bucket).
                          I Have: White Texas EB, Smith, Marylane Seedless
                          Have access to: Ronde de Bordeaux
                          Wish List: LSU Tiger, Hollier


                          • #22
                            I have few LSU tiger figs ripen in pot mid of August with ugly looking figs it is still ugly looking now, However, It tastes very good , very fast growing tree.Click image for larger version

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                            • Mateo Milmo
                              Mateo Milmo commented
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                              Can't wait to try my first ones... they look scrumptious!

                          • #23
                            I got a little one from mountainfigs. Wishing it produces some next year... but probably in two.
                            Zone 6a/b - west of Boston
                            Waiting for climate change to bump me to Zone 8


                            • #24
                              What's there not to love with this fig. Mine grew to 5 ft within 5-6 months and produced. A very nice tasting fig without breaking the bank.


                              • #25
                                Dang, my cutting didn't make it this winter or last. This makes want to try again