[nafex] Figs: Brown Turkey vs Celeste

vbgarden at aol.com vbgarden at aol.com
Tue Sep 12 09:15:21 EDT 2000

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Hi, NAFEXers!

I'm looking for opinions on identifying characteristics of Brown 
Turkey and Celeste fig trees.  We've received stock at the nursery 
that we are convinced has been mislabelled.  

I've got the info from AJB's talk at the Charlottesville conference, 
but am looking for additional ID suggestions from anyone who is 
growing both varieties.  

Depending on the location of the original wholesale nursery, we've 
got stock that came in (unexpectedly) labeled as Eastern Brown 
Turkey, Texas Brown Turkey, Vern's Brown Turkey, Celeste, Blue 
Celeste, Hardy Celeste.... you know the drill.  Obviously we expect 
that all of the BT are just that, and all of the CEL are just that -- 
we're not too breaking out special divisions at this point {although 
I am very interested in folks' opinions on these regionalized sub-
varieties or cultivars).  

My problem is that I'm convinced, looking at fruit and 
characteristics (this is a huge quantity of very young stock), that 
we've been sent Celeste as Brown Turkey and vice-versa.  I don't want 
to use any of this for propagation or sales until I've got them 
straightened out...that is how these mistakes get continued in the 

I'm up for any determinations, insights, intuitions you've got.  Any 
ideas will be MUCH appreciated!


Sybil Mays
Paradise Nursery, Virginia Beach VA
VBGarden at aol.com

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