VIOLETTE DE BORDEAUX
Ficus carica cultivar
"Negronne, Figue de Bordeaux, Figue-poire, Petite Aubique, Petite figue violette, Petite nigra." Sold in South Africa as "Black Velvet" or incorrectly as "New Brunswick"
Yes, bears a good crop of early figs.
Bears small to medium sized, oblong to pear-shaped figs. The skin is thin, dark purple to black with a distinctive, glossy appearance. The flesh is excellent tasting, sweet and pink in colour. It has a strong, fig fragrance.
From late January
*Excellent for cooking, baking, drying, jams, preserves or fresh eating.
Height and Spread: +2m x +2m
*Thanks to Keith Wilson for correctly identifying this cultivar which is sold
as "Black Velvet" or incorrectly as "New Brunswick" in South Africa.
*A very productive plant with quick ripening figs.
*Altough the figs are small they are off high quality.
*Shows excellent resistance to splitting and souring during wet weather.
*A dwarf growing plant and not very vigorous growing.
*Leaves are badly affected by fig mosaic virus but fig production is not influenced.
*Only light pruning to keep the plant compact is advised.
*Very good variety for small city gardens and containers.
*Tolerates moderate to severe frost once established.