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  • Violette de Bordeaux DFIC#63

    Donated from: California, United States (Comment: Donated to NCGR, Davis, from University of Calif)
    Maintained by the Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis. NPGS received: 01-Jan-1900

    DFIC#63:
    http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs...lay.pl?1001928


    Violette de Bordeaux
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    Descriptions:
    Fig 'Violette de Bordeaux' is a particularly hardy variety. Dating from around 1680, itwas found to thrive in Versailles gardens during the cold winter months. The small, purple black figs have a marvellous perfume and a lovely sweet flavour. Fig 'Violette de Bordeaux' produces two crops per year, and if protected over winter the second crop will ripen early during the following summer. Height: 3m (9'). Spread: 4m (13').
    (2)
    Violet de Bordeaux is a purplish-black fruit with rich strawberry pulp. Considered by many the finest tasting fig. Popular in the Northwest and West. Needs protection in cold winter areas. Good for home planting as tree is dwarf. Similar fruit to Black Mission, but hardier and a smaller size tree than Mission. Fruit ripens later than Hardy Chicago, Marseilles and Celeste. Closed eye. Space @ 8' circle. Zones 7b-9. (3)
    Small to medium size purple-black fruit with a very deep red strawberry pulp and distinctive, sweet, rich flavor. Brebas are pear-shaped with a thick, tapering neck, main crop figs are variable, often without neck. Medium eye. Excellent fresh or dried. Good for container culture or small spaces. Hardy. (4)

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    Additional Info:
    http://figs4fun.com/Info/Info_Violette_de_Bordeaux.html


    Additional Photos:
    http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Violette_de_Bordeaux.html


    References:
    1. http://figs4fun.com/Varieties.html
    2. http://www.thompson-morgan.com/fruit...rees/fig-trees
    3. http://ediblelandscaping.com/products/shrubs/Figs/
    4. http://www.davewilson.com/product-in...n/product/figs
    Last edited by AscPete; 03-19-2015, 08:03 PM.

  • #2
    jimmie aka JD | tallahassee.fl | zone.8b | davistating.eBay

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    • #3
      Violette de Bordeaux
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      Zone / Region:
      zone 6, Hudson Valley, NY USA

      Cultural practice:
      container grown, 5-1-1-1 potting mix, Espoma Garden-tone and MG All purpose fertilizers


      Leaf descriptions:
      5 lobed deep sinuses, "finger like" leaves. one of the thinnest leaved varieties. Leaves curl upward during the heat of the day.


      Fig descriptions:
      small to medium sized with dark purple to black bronze speckled exterior, small eye (osteole) and solid interior, amber red stained flesh, dark strawberry to ruby red jammy pulp, sweet with complex flavors including hints of berry, chewy grape like flavored skin and very pleasant seed crunch (small seeds). They have a surprisingly concentrated flavor, even when not shriveled and partially dried. The figs ripen with good flavor even in cooler weather at the end of the season.


      Growth habits:
      Moderate growth of thin flexible branches that lignify slowly resulting in a weeping habit and suckering if not staked and trained upright, which may explain the descriptions of bushy growth and small maximum size of trees.The tree is from a sucker that grew from below soil line. The mother tree had very visible mosaic disease but this tree has yet to exhibit any visible mosaic symptoms and is in its 3rd leaf (season).

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      Last edited by AscPete; 03-12-2015, 06:13 AM.
      Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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      • #4
        Violette de Bordeaux from Dave Wilson Nursery planted as a bare root in February, 2017. Full sun exposure growing in sandy soil with flood irrigation every two weeks, plus supplemental hose watering in between irrigations. Central Arizona had 6 weeks of 110˚F.+ high temperatures during late June and early July, 2017. Used organza bags to protect figs from dried fruit beetles. Waddell, AZ Zone 9b.
        Christine (Waddell, AZ Zone 9b) Wishlist: All my fig wishes have been fulfilled by OurFigs members. Thank you!

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        • ramv
          ramv commented
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          Congrats! How did they taste?
          Mine are continuing to ripen in our cool (40s) weather here. They still taste very good.
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