Ficus carica 'Champagne'™
Figs thrive on high heat and need a long period of high temperatures to be productive. No wonder they are a traditional Southern favorite. In the Deep South, some varieties will produce 2 crops, one in June/July off of old wood and one in July to October on current year’s wood. Most figs grown in the Southeast develop a bush-like habit rather than a tree form due to cold injury. So best success is achieved with varieties that produce figs on current year growth. All varieties listed here produce a crop on current year growth. Figs must ripen on the tree/bush, and the best tasting varieties are quite perishable, which is why you should grow them at home! Nothing can compare to the rich, sweet flavor of fresh-picked figs! If you think you don’t like figs, you’ve probably never had one fresh from the tree! Happily, while deer will eat figs, they don’t seem to really like them.
Champagne Figs have very good quality, yellow exterior with unique gold to carmel colored interior. Bred at Louisiana State University, the main crop ripens over 15 days beginning in early July (comparable to Celeste, which is one of its parents). Very sweet flavor is excellent for fresh use or preserves. Vigorous, upright growth habit. USDA zones 7-10.