LSU Purple Fig Tree

Product Description

*Spring 2021 Pre-Order Only – 3 Gallon LSU Purple Fig Tree Ships in April Once Available*

This LSU Purple fig tree was produced in 1991 after many trials and errors to perfect this succulent fig tree! Feast your taste buds on the deliciously lush purple ficus carica fig! Named after the iconic fig breeding program at the Louisiana State University that has been around since the 1950s.

The LSU Fig tree features closed eye, medium-sized fruit with a white juicy flesh, and strawberry colored insides with high sugar content. This highly productive fig cultivar is a vigorous grower with an upright habitat. The dark purple fresh figs taste deliciously sweet and are sure to invigorate your senses.

Planting Fig Trees

The LSU Purple Fig is exceptionally pest and disease resistant and is also self-pollinating. This fig variety is heat tolerant and prefers full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. Purple fig fruit will begin to ripen in July and continue through frost.

Grow this fast growing fig tree in USDA growing zones 7-10 across the United States. If you are in an exceptionally cold area, you may to winter protect this fruit tree.

The best time to plant a fig is in early spring so it has the whole growing season to establish. You can even grow this fig tree in a container if limited in space. LSU fig will set fruit in the first year of planting.

LSU Fig Tree Care

Other planting care instructions include: a 2-3 inch layer of mulch or organic matter will help retain moisture and save the young trees from winter frosts. During the growing season, a slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will help fruit set and root systems to grow strong.

The LSU fig tree height can grow up to 8-10 feet tall and wide. Perfect for organic gardeners looking for small trees in their landscape. It is a deciduous plant and tree meaning it loses its leaves during the winter months.

Shop our LSU Purple Fig tree for sale. Orders can ship the same business day if ordered before a Wednesday.

Check out our Fig Grow Guide coming soon.

Botanical Name

Ficus carica 'LSU Purple'

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Evergreen
Mature Height 8-10 ft
Mature Width 8-10 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit
  • Disease resistant
  • Self-fertile
  • Heat tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your LSU Purple Fig Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

7 reviews for LSU Purple Fig Tree

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  1. Candid

    I’m looking forward to my first home grown figs. Perfect Plants made this so easy.

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  2. Martha Redner

    I have had this tree for 1 year and the baby dogs are getting bigger and bigger! Looking forward to my first crop this fall!

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  3. Danielle S

    WOW the fig tree has just exceeded my expectations. The first photo I included is from when I first got it exactly 1 month ago in April vs. today. It’s grown twice as large and looks absolutely beautiful, green, and lush. Multiple new branches, dozens of new foliage – simply incredible. I cannot wait for it to produce fruit.

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  4. Danielle

    WOW this fig tree has absolutely exceeded my expectations. The first photo was from when I recieved it a month ago from Perfect Plants vs. today. It’s just doubled in size – new branches everywhere, new foliage, green as could be. I cannot wait to get fruit eventually but it’s a simply gorgeous plant. Would buy over and over again.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Danielle, thank you so much for your kind words on our LSU Purple Fig Tree. We are so glad it arrived safe and sound and that you love it! Happy planting!

  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Healthy looking plant w/ nice roots

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback on our LSU purple fig tree.

  6. Laura Vasquez Gerlich (verified owner)

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    The tree has grown new leaves and looks like it’s going to thrive.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Laura, we are so glad to hear your LSU purple fig tree is growing and thriving! Enjoy those delicious figs!

  7. Ron Zampino

    My son had bought this tree for me. It has doubled in size in a short period.
    Looks very healthy and thriving in the Florida sun.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Ron, thank you for reviewing our LSU Purple Fig tree. We are glad your tree is growing and is healthy! Hope you get figs soon. Thanks for the support.

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