LSU Gold Fig Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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The LSU Gold Fig Tree is a fast-growing fig that was developed by the LSU Agriculture Center. The LSU Gold Fig Tree grows very large, light yellow figs that have a pink or light red flesh. The main advantage of the LSU Gold Fig Tree is the size of the figs, which can grow to 3 or 4 inches across, and 1.25 to 1.75 ounces. LSU Gold Figs bloom in spring and are ripe and ready to eat from July through August.

The LSU Gold Fig is a medium-sized tree, growing to a mature size of about 12 to 15 feet tall, and 8 to 10 feet wide. They are self-fertile, and do best in partial to full sun. The LSU Gold Fig Tree is considered to be cold hardy, and can tolerate temperatures down to 15 to 20 degrees F.

Fig Tree Care

The LSU Gold Fig Tree can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 10. If you are planting this fig tree in the ground, select a spot that gets at least 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day in the spring and summer months. The LSU Gold Fig Tree does not mind a break from the sun, such as early morning or afternoon shade.

The ideal spot in your garden or yard, is a location that is protected from the north wind by a building, shed, or an established  buffer zone of plants and trees. The soil should be of a type that drains quickly. You can add coarse sand or perlite to achieve better drainage, but be sure to also add organic matter when planting. Grass clippings or composted leaves are both suitable. Dig a hole that is as deep as the potted tree’s root ball, and at least one foot wider on all sides. Position the tree, and back fill with a mixture of loamy soil, coarse sand or perlite, and organic material. Water in well and water once a week until the LSU Gold Fig Tree is established.

Fruit & Harvesting

The LSU Gold Fig Tree blooms in spring and the large yellow fruit is ripe from July through August. Some LSU Gold Fig Trees can keep fruit on the tree as late as October. Be sure to harvest any remaining figs at the end of the fruit season. Figs can be gently harvested by hand, or you can use hand trimmers to clip away ripe fruit.

The large fruit of the LSU Gold Fig Tree is sweet and has edible seeds. The fruit is great for eating fresh off the tree and will store in a cool dry place for several days once harvested. The LSU Gold Figs can also be dried, and are good for making anything you would normally make from fresh figs. This includes spreads, jams, and pastries.

Growing Zones

Plant Growing Zones


LSU Gold Fig Trees are not large trees, but they do require room. Space this tree at least 10 to 20 feet away from other trees or structures so it has room to grow. The LSU Gold Fig Tree will also respond well to being grown in a container as long as the pot is large enough.

If you plan to grow your LSU Gold Fig Tree in a pot, select a pot that is at least 4 inches larger on all sides than the tree’s current container. The new pot should be sturdy, and have holes in the bottom for drainage. You can use standard potting soil amended with sand or perlite to provide added drainage. The LSU Gold Fig Tree can withstand cold temperatures down to 15 degrees F, so it only needs overwintering indoors in areas that have sustained temperatures below this in winter.


How big is the fruit from an LSU Gold Fig Tree?

The figs produced by the LSU Gold Fig Tree can reach sizes of 3 or 4 inches across, and 1.25 to 1.75 ounces. They are one of the largest figs.

How long will it take for my LSU Gold Fig Tree to grow figs?

The LSU Gold Fig Tree is a moderately fast grower, and most trees will produce fruit in the first or second year in the ground. This depends on many factors though, such as tree size when planted, location, sunlight, weather, watering, fertilizer, and overall tree health.

Does the LSU Gold Fig Tree need a pollinator?

No. The LSU Gold Fig Tree is self-fertile and will grow a good crop of large yellow figs without a second tree for pollinating. Yields can be increased by pairing this tree with a second Fig Tree, but it is not necessary to get fruit.

What do LSU Gold Figs taste like?

LSU Gold Figs Trees grow large, yellow-gold figs that can often have a pink blush. The flesh is tender and pink, and tastes sweet and is juicy. The tiny edible seeds are crunchy, and the overall flavor is a rich, soft sweetness with low acidity.

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  1. Stephen M. (verified owner)

    No issues with shipping and the tree is doing fine.

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  2. Len R. (verified owner)

    Pleased with the item shipped.

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  3. Mark Piro (verified owner)

    Very fast shipping and packed with care. Bought some fig trees from fast growing trees .com and was not happy with the size of the trees and $for a three gallon pot or the lousy way they packed them ,all the dirt came out of the pots. is much better.

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