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LSU Purple Fig Tree

Ficus carica

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-t- Planting Mix
LSU Purple Fig Tree Planting Mix

Helps your LSU Purple Fig Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-6 patio / 7-10 outdoors
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

July - Otctober

Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Ficus carica

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Perfect For Container Growing

For a hardy tree that delivers super-sweet fruit with little effort, look no further than the LSU Purple Fig Tree. Bred by the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture for superior disease resistance, the LSU Purple Fig is rarely bothered by fig rust, fruit rot or nematodes. This sturdy tree rarely requires any pesticides or special care.

LSU Purple Figs are perfect for the Deep South. High heat and humidity can cause figs to drop early, but LSU Purple Figs were bred with heat resistance in mind. Its fruit ripens on the tree, and its leaves are resistant to fungal infections that spread in areas of high summer humidity. In the event of a surprise cold snap, this tree may die back a bit in its first year, but is capable of withstanding temperature fluctuations like a champ as it matures.

Harvest fruit as early as the second year! Most fig trees take four to five years to reach full maturity and set fruit, but the LSU Purple Fig is capable of setting small crops of figs in its second or third year.  

Enjoy figs from April through December! Unlike other fig trees, the LSU Purple Fig has three fruiting seasons: a light crop in early spring, a big main crop in July and a late crop in November and even early December. This prolific bearer will keep you eating sweet, healthy figs almost all year round.

LSU Purple Figs get rave reviews for flavor. These figs have a notably high sugar content, so the flavor is super sweet. They also are mild, not overpowering like some varieties. These are perfect for eating right off the tree!

Figs are both healthy and delicious! When you grow your own figs, you can enjoy organic fruit from your back yard. Figs are high in fiber and rich in minerals like potassium, manganese and calcium. Figs can be eaten fresh, dried for storage or made into jams and preserves, all of which are delicious with breakfast grains, a cheese plate or as a complement to savory meat dishes.

LSU Purple Figs make an attractive landscape plant. Vigorous, upright growth and attractive, medium-sized fruits that ripen to a reddish-purple make this plant a lovely addition to any yard or garden. This tree doesn’t require a pollinator and can be planted as a specimen plant or in a patio container.

LSU Purple Fig Tree Pollination

LSU Purple Fig Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional LSU Purple Fig Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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Great tree growing figs in first year!
I bought my tree several months ago and have been nothing but pleased with it since. The tree arrived quickly, healthy, beautiful, and well-packaged, with plenty of leaves; I even pruned it a little more to give it a more "tree" shape than "bush" and it has flourished ever since. I planted it in a pot immediately and it quickly started to grow. Recently, 6 little figs have started to grow in its very first year (it's the very end of May, now)! I love it, fully reccommend Fast Growing Trees, and am looking forward to home-grown figs!
May 31, 2016
Baltimore, MD
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
LSU purple
came healthy and ready to go! ordered some strawberries from FGT to companion plant. Will be ordering lots from FGP to start a food forest and replace all my yard grass with edibles, companion plants, and beauty. Why water non producing grass when you can have a garden of eden in your own yard!
May 27, 2017
8 months ago
Ever hopeful
Right now, mine is in a container. I did not have the nerve to plant it outside yet! Makes a nice houseplant so far.
January 13, 2017
Lawrenceville, GA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
LSU Fig Trees
It arrived a little beat up, but I transplanted it into a larger pot and nurtured to good health. Both are doing fine now.
October 19, 2017
4 months ago
Great Tree but NOT FOR FLORIDA
When i got the tree in late spring it was much smaller than what i expected, but thankfully it grew pretty fast for a while. Then, the daily rains of Central Florida begun in the summer. By Late July the tree had developed rust on it's leaves and they started falling off fast. This stress on the tree stunted it's growth, and now barely a few leaves are hanging on for deal life as the weather in FL is starting to cool off and dry a bit. I did some research and found out that Fig is not a good tree to plant in FL due to the high humidity which then leads to leav rust. I wish the nice ppl at FGT would have told us this fact.
November 20, 2017
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your LSU Purple Fig Tree

LSU Purple Fig Tree Planting Diretions

The LSU Purple Fig (Ficus Carica) is a variety of fig that was developed by researchers at Louisiana State University to be able to withstand hot, humid temperatures in southern states and are more disease resistant. They’re recommended for USDA growing zones 7-9 if planting outdoors, but if you are in zones 4-6, pot your fig tree and keep it in a garage or shed during the winter months. The LSU Purple Fig Tree will reach an average mature height and width of 8-10 feet. It can be pruned to be a small tree or a large shrub. You can expect your tree to fruit in early spring, mid-summer and in early winter. Figs from this variety of tree have a higher sugar content and are more sweet than the average fig but is also one of the highest plant sources of calcium.  When ready to harvest, the fruit will be slightly wrinkled with a black skin. Eat your fruit right off the tree or use it for canning and making jellies.

Planting Location: When deciding where to plant your fig tree keep in mind that fig trees will perform best in full sun. They can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Plant them in an area that doesn’t get hit with harsh winter winds. Fig trees grown in containers should be placed by large sunny windows if kept indoors.

Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Once you’ve selected the perfect planting site dig a hole that’s three times wider than your tree’s root ball, and just as deep.
2) Loosen the soil on the sides of the hole with a shovel or pitchfork. Next, remove any debris like dirt clumps, grass, or rocks from the hole.
3) Place your tree in it, and make sure it’s level with the surrounding ground and standing straight up.
4) Begin to back fill your hole and gently tamp the soil down to eliminate air pockets.
5) After the planting process is complete give your fig tree a slow deep watering by holding a hose at its base and counting to 20.
6) Mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture and to keep weeds/grasses back.

Planting Directions (potted): Be sure the pot has good drainage!
1) For container trees, select a container that’s slightly larger than the root ball (1-2 sizes larger than the initial container the fig came in works best).
2) Add a mixture of your natural soil and organic planting mix to the container before you place your tree in it.
3) Make sure your tree stands straight up in its container and give it a good drink of water until you see water coming out the bottom of the pot. If your pot doesn’t contain drainage holes, you can quickly add some with a small drill.
4) Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering again.

Watering: Fig trees have a fair drought tolerance. Once established they will need a deep watering once every one to two weeks. Feel your soil, if it feels like its drying out close to the surface then it’s time to water your tree. Trees kept in containers will often need more water than those planted in the ground. Keep on your trees more often during times of extreme heat or prolonged droughts.

Fertilization: Usually fig trees don’t require any fertilizing, unless you know that your lawn is lacking in nutrients. If you need to fertilize your trees it’s best to do so in the early spring. Use a slow release, well balanced organic fertilizer, like formula 10-10-10.

Weed Control: Placing a 3 to 4 inch thick layer of mulch around the base of your trees will prevent weeds from growing. It will also regulate the soil temperature, and help the soil retain moisture.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
On line visits
wallace d on Nov 10, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
On line visits
wallace d on Nov 10, 2017
Researched pros and cons of variety
Elizabeth S on Nov 6, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
Promise of easy care
Florence T on Oct 27, 2017
To make fig preserves, but really have no idea, although my brother-in- law says he has one.
Ed N on Oct 26, 2017
like the idea of my own fruit and it's a great looking tree
RITA K O on Oct 21, 2017
I have a small space to plant it
Maria U on Apr 1, 2017
Grows well in the south and the heat.
Frank D on Mar 26, 2017
Growing up the neighbor had a fig tree and I used to pick fresh figs for snacks.
Michael M on Mar 21, 2017
I chose the LSU fig tree because I am going to try to grow in a pot outside and wanted a little smaller tree, and I love figs! I am excited to see how it does.
Marcy B on Mar 21, 2017
I Like Figs
Roger G on Mar 12, 2017
grows in a container
Eileen G on Mar 9, 2017
It looks great in the picture. Hope mine will be the same.
beata E on Mar 8, 2017
It said it would be heat tolerant as I live in Florida. Also, figs are delicious.
Jasmine R on Mar 2, 2017
My husband has wanted a fig tree forever. This seems like a good choice because it can stay in a pot. Thought it would be a nice surprise for a wonderful husband!
Angelina T on Mar 1, 2017
I have been looking for a hardy fig tree for my back yard. I googled fig tree nursery's in this area. Being that I am a LSU grad. and LOVE anything purple,the name just popped out to me. I saw that I live in an area that this tree will grow in and the price is right. I can't wait to receive my tree and plant it!
Susie P on Feb 28, 2017
I want to make fig spread
Susan G on Feb 27, 2017
Planting a new orchard on part of 21 acres I purchased. I ordered this tree to have fresh figs thoroughout the summer into autumn.
Paul G on Feb 18, 2017
HORACE T on Feb 14, 2017
Go Tigers ! Can't wait to taste the sweet fruit
Chris C on Jan 31, 2017
Recipient practices Buddhism and this fig tree will help his meditation
Dr. Robert and Mrs. R on Jan 30, 2017
Actually the maturity size is what attracted me to this tree
Anna C on Jan 27, 2017
I love fruits! I always want plant fig tree, wish I can eat figs from my yard next year :)
Kaylan L on Apr 16, 2016
ANTHONY A on Apr 12, 2016
Zone 9
Jeanne M on Apr 3, 2016
New home/yard & want some fruit trees indigenous to the area.
Sandra T on Mar 28, 2016
supposed to be hardy and I like figs
Rich, the honey do man on Mar 17, 2016
Because it blooms 3 times a year and hopefully sooner than the others.
Sue D on Mar 6, 2016
Researched pros and cons of variety
Elizabeth S on Nov 6, 2017
Promise of easy care
Florence T on Oct 27, 2017
How long will it take to get a fruit crop? (1st year? 2nd year? etc.)
Nicole S on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I got mine a few months ago and it already has 6 little baby figs growing on it. (It's the very end of May, now.)
How tall/wide does the LSU purple fig tree grow when planted in a container?
Lakshmi H on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 2-3 feet high
2-3 feet wide
Depends on how much sun and water plant gets
Does this fig have a closed eye and does it need a wasp to fertilize? Thank you.
Renee O on Sep 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the LSU Purple Fig is a closed eye fig that is pollinated by wasp.
I am resident in va. cold in winter time and hot in the summer time. is the fig trees ok that weather?
willams k on Dec 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours a few months ago. It's doing great and has figs popping out in December but we don't have hard winter's. It's supposed to be 29* Friday night. I guess we'll know more after that. It's a fast growing tree for sure. Really excited to have it trying to fruit so soon.
Can I plant south west side of backyard with no shade?
Sheri M on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have to have at least 6 hours of full sun in order to produce.
is this self pollinating?
vrd2017 on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the fig is self-pollinating.
can I keep it indoors for winter?
peggy H on Sep 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. In fact, my fig stays indoors all year. Just make sure the pot/container is large enough for the roots. Figs need a fair amount of water. My fig bore fruits while indoor 100% of the time. Good luck!
How often do water plant ?
Cliff on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fig trees have a fair drought tolerance. Once established they will need a deep watering once every one to two weeks. Feel your soil, if it feels like its drying out close to the surface then it’s time to water your tree. Trees kept in containers will often need more water than those planted in the ground. Keep on your trees more often during times of extreme heat or prolonged droughts.
Does this tree need any winter dormant time to fruit well every year?
Annelise S on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm in zone 9; we had a little frost about 35 to 37 degrees plus a wind chill. It dropped all it's leaves, but has recovered nicely. I will be looking for a greenhouse this Fall. Rex

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