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  • From: "Sam Brungardt" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] tennessee mountain fig...
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 17:43:06 -0500

I spent a little time on the Web last night and found that Tennessee Mountain fig is a synonym (that is the same cultivar) as Blue Celeste, Celeste, Celeste Violette, Celetrial, Conant, Malta, Sugar Fig, and Violette. This information was garnered from the Auburn University "Fig Production Guide" (, a California Rare Fruit Growers fact sheet, and (if memory serves me right) a Web page put together by the NAFEX fig special interest group. So, the Tennessee Mountain Fig is readily available; you just have to buy it under one of these other cultivar names. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.

From: mIEKAL aND <>
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To: North Explorers <>
Subject: [NAFEX] tennessee mountain fig...
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 10:22:17 -0500

This fig sounds like an essential addition to my collection. Anyone growing this? Im struggling abit with the claim that it survived -10F however. & the only source Ive found so far is TyTy Nursery selling bigger plants, would love to find some cuttings or smaller plants. -mIEKAL


this is the listing on the TYTY website:

Tennessee Mountain: (Ficus carica 'Tennesee Mountain') Perhaps the coldest hardy fig ever discovered, the original tree was found growing in 1945 near Nashville Tennessee, where it had survived the bitter cold winters to -10 degrees F. in the snow-covered mountains of the Appalachians. The original tree was sent to a scientist at the Georgia Coastal Plains Experiment Station for testing and was sold by Dr. Silas Harmon in 1978 to Ty Ty for $500.00. This tree has never failed to produce a large crop of fruit for twenty years and has become the most popular fig tree sold by Ty Ty for cold climates. Zones 6-11

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