Category:

VIOLETTE DE BORDEAUX

Ficus carica cultivar

Syn.

"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"

Origin

France

BREBA

Yes, bears a good crop of early figs.

Description

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.

Ripens

From late January

Uses

*Excellent for cooking, baking, drying, jams, preserves or fresh eating.

Notes

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.

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