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Fig, Violette de Bordeaux

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Short Description

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

Full Description

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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Full Sun
72-120 inches
48-96 inches
Life Cycle
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Edible Fruit
Ornamental Use
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Fig, Violette de Bordeaux is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 36.
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
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Roll of the dice in zone 6 I bought two of these about three years ago. I live in zone 6, so I knew I was taking a chance. I potted them and put them in a sunny area. Even though it was summer, one of them died, and the other just didn't want to grow. The living one just sort of became a project that I wouldn't quit on, but I didn't pay it too much attention either... water, feed, in in the cold and out in the heat. It didn't grow more than an inch or two. Until this year, when it took off. It has grown two feet so far this summer, and I see lots of buds still to open. I'm rating it three stars because the one died in favorable weather. Everything else is on me. Hopefully the second one keeps up with it's new-found life.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing vigorously I received this in April 2018 and it was about 4 inches tall. I transplanted it into a 3 gallon bucket and it is thriving. In just 2 months, it has grown to about 12 inches tall and about 12 inches wide. Beautiful foliage and it responds well to regular feeding and watering. I will transplant it into the ground next March and report back.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not survive This was my second fig tree. The first I bought, potted, in person. It is now huge and thriving, while the bare stick that Burpee sent to me never produced so much as a leaf after planting. I gave it a full year, hoping this spring would show new growth, but instead I have simply proven that Burpee sent me a dead stick.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Hopes It arrived really quickly and was planted in a large draining tub. This fig plant was very small when it got here, in good shape though. It is growing fast, from about 4" to about 8" and filling our sideways too. Have high expectations of a good yield.
Date published: 2018-05-27
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