Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Hardy Figs (Ficus carica)

We have been successfully growing figs in USDA Hardiness zone 6 for the past five years. Each year the figs die back almost to the ground but then come back up ready to go in late spring each year (sometimes as late as early June - don't give up on them!). We have chosen varieties which yield two crops a year and therefore fruit on their first year’s growth.  In some years with a cool Spring, the figs have been slow to bud out and the big crops they set fail to ripen before fall frosts.  But getting fresh figs to feast on 2 out of 3 years is totally worth the off years!  In addition, they are gorgeous landscape plants with their large lobular leaves.  Our plants reach around 8’ in height each year starting from the ground and form multi-stemmed bushes.  Fig leaves can be used to wrap meat and fish before grilling or broiling to impart a coconut-like flavor to the meat!  Though the plants are very drought-hardy, we have found that watering well during dry times helps the fig crop to ripen more consistently (it seems the plant will abort its crop to cope with drought).  Best in full sun, but can take half-day’s shade no problem.  Best in a location protected from the North and West (where winter winds come from).  Our figs do not need a pollinator.  Space 5’-8’ apart in row.  

 

‘Atreano' Hardy Fig Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Precocious, dwarf variety.  Yellow-green fruits with pink flesh.  Excellent flavor and sweetness.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘Celeste' Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Very sweet purplish bronze skinned fruit, compact growth habit  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘Chicago Hardy' Hardy Fig Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Produces medium-sized purple-skinned fruits with bright pink/red flesh.  Has a sweet, peach-like flavor when fully ripe.  Originated in Chicago, attesting to its hardiness!  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘LSU Gold' Hardy Fig Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Medium to large sweet golden-yellow fruits.  Developed at Louisiana State University but has been a star performer at Hidden Springs Nursery in northern Tennessee, which is where our stock is from.  Surprisingly, it has often been the first fig to ripen in the fall.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  


‘Mag Bar' Hardy Fig Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): For years we heard rumors of a fig growing semi-wild in the back patio of a bar on Magnolia street in Louisville.  We finally tracked it down last fall and got cuttings.  It is now almost totally overgrown there, and I doubt it has enough sun to fruit anymore, so we can't attest to any of it's qualities other than apparent hardiness.  But we're trialling it in our gardens and you can too!  Let us know what you find out.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘Magnolia' Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Large bronze skinned fruit with good flavor  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

‘Vern's Brown Turkey' Hardy Fig Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Produces medium-sized golden -brown fruits with honey-colored flesh.  Very sweet!  This is a slightly improved strain of the well-known Brown Turkey.  Leaves are slightly more deep-cut than Chicago Hardy.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

Mulberries (Morus sp.) 

Perhaps the single most useful tree for our area, the mulberry has copious amounts of delicious and nutritious (high protein, carbs, vitamins/minerals) fruit; is very fast-growing for quick shade and mulch production; leaves and stems are relished by most grazing livestock (including humans--the leaves are edible!); and the wood is rot-resistant for fenceposts, etc.  They are used in the silk industry to feed silkworms. Even on wild seedlings, fruits are borne over the course of weeks rather than ripening all at once like most tree fruits.  Mulberries are delicious - they taste similar to raspberries, but with no noticeable seeds and no thorns.  The only disadvantages are the staining quality of the dark fruits; need a ladder to harvest prime berries (except for ‘Gerardi’ dwarf!); and without pruning the trees can get messy-looking, holding onto dead branches and twigs.  Mulberries can take some shade without suffering from lower production of berries.  Height to 35’.  Zones 5-9 unless noted otherwise. Grafted trees on seedling rootstock unless otherwise noted.

 

‘Collier' Mulberry :  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  


‘GERARDI' DWARF Mulberry : If you are wanting to plant a mulberry to pick berries from, this is the one for you!  It stays under 6’ tall so you never need a ladder.  The plentiful fruits are large, black and very tasty, ripening over a month or more.  Has a beautiful natural growth form with big glossy green leaves, deserving of a spot in your home landscape! Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax   

 

‘ILLINOIS EVERBEARING' Mulberry : The most commonly available grafted cultivar, it is known for its prolonged ripening period over three months!  It also has excellent flavor and has a large berry.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  

 

‘KOREAN KOKUSO' Mulberry : Prolific and precocious producer of very large black fruits.  Great flavor, early with a long season.  Fruits around 1/2" wide by 2" long.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  

 

‘Lawson Dawson' Mulberry :  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  

 

‘seedling (not grafted) Mulberry :  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘SHANGRI LA' Mulberry : Heavy producer of large black fruit with exceptional flavor.  Smaller tree up to 20' tall.  We are at the top of it's range, but haven't had problems with hardiness.  Zones 6-9.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘SWEET LAVENDER' Mulberry : Good producer of sweet, lavender-tinged fruit.  Clear juice will not stain walkways.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  

 

‘Viola's Lavender' Mulberry : This tree claims its parentage from Southern Indiana wild-growing mulberries.  The earliest fruiting of the trees we have producing right now.  Great producer of sweet but flavorful dark lavender fruit.  Juice is less-staining than black fruited mulberries, but not completely clear.  Has a more berry-like flavor than your typical non-staining white or lavender fruit (which tend to be very sweet but bland) - almost as flavorful as black mulberry fruits.  Short but fat berries.  Non-grafted, it roots very easily from cuttings.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: gallon* pots $16; 2-gal* pots $26 +tax  


We do not ship plants.  To reserve plants please either call us at 812-723-5259 or email us, and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also  DELIVER for a fee to our general region.                                  

*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  There are a limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.