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  • Petite Aubique

    Petite Aubique
    aka Negronne
    aka Bordeaux



    Descriptions:
    This cultivar has been present in South of France for a very long time and was grown by J.B. de la Quinitinie in the Versailles Castle during Louis XIV. This famous gardener described Negronne in 1692. Its presence in the Paris area, in England and even in North America demonstrates its resistance to cold and its ability to ripen fruits in cool climates with short autumns.Negronne is a tree of average vigor, easy to train as a single or multi-stemmed tree and is adapted to small gardens. It has a very good cold resistance due to its weak growth and fast hardening of its new wood; even in shady location (about 30%), the wood is well hardened at the end of the season.This variety is of particular interest for its regular blue-black brebas production of very good organoleptic qualities. The fruits are of average size (about 50 g) and resist very well to humid conditions. They are especially juicy, a little creamy with a pronounced and complex taste containing very present fruity notes. The sugar content may sometimes seem to be very high when the fruit is a little more than ripe. The taste is more balanced when the fruit is soft. (4)
    As grown at Riverside, however, Bordeaux does not show the green color persisting on the neck or base of the mature fruit, which Duhamel (1768) found characteristic of the variety in France. (3)
    Bordeaux is similar to Ischia Black, but differs from it in leaf and fruit characters. Leaves of Ischia Black are small, nonlobed or 3-lobed, surface dull; those of Bordeaux are medium, 3- to 5-lobed, deeply cleft, surface glossy. Duhamel described the leaves of Violette as smaller than those of Blanche, and divided deeply into five parts or lobes, with the borders markedly dentate. Figs of Ischia Black do not have the peculiar thick and crooked stalk that is characteristic of the Bordeaux fruit stalk. The small, immature fruits of both varieties show a distinctive early coloration of a reddish-brown hue, in contrast to fruits of Franciscana (Mission), which change to a black color just before reaching full size and maturity. (3)
    Variety No.26 of Duhamel (1809), described as Figue Poire, Figue de Bordeaux, and Petite Aubique (Figuo Aubiquoun in Provence), is here considered to be the same as Angélique (Black) of Cupani and Tournefort. Duhamel described Negronne under his No.33, and referred to the previous accounts of Garidel and Bernard. Under Bordeaux, Eisen stated: “A distinction must be made between the Petite Aubique and the Aubique, the former being identical with our Bordeaux, the latter with Black San Pedro, which is synonymous with Grosse Violette de Bordeaux.” (See p.467.) (3)

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    Photos: by www.OurFigs.com forum member M. Ferro.
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    Additional Info:
    http://figblog.binhoster.com/negronne/
    http://planetfig.com/cultivars/fcveng8621.html


    Additional Photos:
    http://figblog.binhoster.com/negronne/
    http://planetfig.com/cultivars/fcveng8621.html


    References:
    1. http://figs4fun.com/Varieties.html
    2. http://www.thompson-morgan.com/fruit...rees/fig-trees
    3. http://figblog.binhoster.com/negronne/
    4. http://planetfig.com/cultivars/fcveng8621.html
    Last edited by OurFigs; 03-19-2015, 03:36 PM.

  • #2
    Zone / Region: zone 5a / Central NY state

    Leaf Description: This variety makes leaves of widely differing morphology. Some single lobed, some 3-lobed, some 5 or 7-lobed (deeply cut). The leaf shape seems consistent on each limb, but varies considerably from limb to limb. (See photos).

    Alternate name: Aubique Petite (I use Aubique Petite rather than Petite Aubique. I was told that was how Baud referred to this one, though I can't prove that to you).

    Photos by M. Ferro.
    a one-lobed leaf. (Well, almost two) Click image for larger version

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    a seven-lobed leaf, with deep cuts. This is on the same tree, different limb, photo made on the same day.
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    ripe fig, close up of split. Click image for larger version

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    ripe fig, exterior, showing the eye
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    Last edited by MichaelTucson; 03-05-2015, 09:56 PM.
    Mike -- central NY state, zone 5a -- pauca sed matura

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    • #3
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      jimmie aka JD | tallahassee.fl | zone.8b | davistating.eBay

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