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Fig, Violette de Bordeaux

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Finest tasting fig, produces small abundance of purple-black fruit with out of this world, sweet, rich flavor.

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Widely regarded—and beloved—as the finest tasting fig, ‘Violette de Bordeaux’ produces a small abundance of small to medium size purple-black fruit with a very deep red strawberry pulp and out of this world , sweet, rich flavor. Hardy 6-10’ self-fruiting plants produce a harvest of fruit that can be enjoyed fresh or dried. Plants will thrive in extremes of heat, humidity, and drought; very good resistance to pests and disease.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-120 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-96 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
Full Sun
72-120 inches
48-96 inches
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
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Edible Fruit
Ornamental Use
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Fig, Violette de Bordeaux is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NBeeds to be planted in a container in zone 6 I bought the Violette de Bordeaux fig four years ago. It grows rapidly during the spring and summer to around 4' tall and 2 to 3" wide by Fall but the top dies back completely every winter. While the tree roots do not die no progress is made and I doubt the tree will ever bear fruit. I have tried prtecting the top during the winter.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Happy Now I bought this fig five years ago and it did nothing, barely grew a bit. I’m willing to believe this was partly my fault. BUT, tried again two years ago, same spot. Last year, I had 6 canes. I cut five and stuck them in potting soil. I now have an 8’ tree bearing about 100 figs this year, a 4’ foot tree, and a strong cutting. Zone 9
Date published: 2019-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew fast! This was a tiny plant in a 4" pot when I received it in May. Now, 3 months later it is close to 4 feet tall, and 2.5 feet wide. As soon as I planted it in a large pot it started growing like crazy and looks very healthy. Looking forward to getting some fruit in the next few years!
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Negative reviewers do not know figs! I just read some negative reviews and was so sorry those people do not understand how incredible figs are - how they can be destroyed to an inch above the ground and bounce joyously right back better than ever - they can be pruned any day of the year and instead of becoming a huge tree you can have them enjoying life as a house plant being with you in the winter!. A tiny fig grows very fast and the smaller the better so their roots get less disturbed. Rejoice!
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very small plant I just received this fig along with several other plants in my order. It is very young and has a very small root system and has leaves that are barely above the soil in the pot it came in. I would not recommend purchasing this particular plant just bc of this, but also bc it was the most expensive plant in my order, and not worth the price! I was expecting a much more developed plant , at least one that has a well developed root system. All other plants i received in the same order came as expected and well developed.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a small tree!! This came yesterday and I thought they sent me another strawberry plant by mistake. That’s how tiny it is. It came in a 4” pot. No clue how it will grow, tune back in 3 years to find out.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fig! Bought two of these 3 years ago. I'm at the beach in NC, sandy soil, zone 7/8 border. They are prolific producers. Last year we were getting 5-6/day. This year 8-12/day. Very sweet. They produce late for us, starting in late September and going into December. Production also depends on rain. I will be taking cuttings to raise a couple more plants next year. Can't have too many of these!
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Healthy and fast growing I planted mine outside in zone 7 and it survived the winter! Now it's two years old and producing a small amount of fruit already.
Date published: 2018-09-22
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