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Fig and Plum Dormant Cuttings to Share
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Clark County, WA
519 Posts
November 28, 2021 - 11:32 am

Over the next few weeks, I'll be pruning my fruit trees.  If anyone wants fig or Hollywood plum dormant cuttings, I'm happy to share.  I have grown Hollywood Plum many times from hardwood cuttings.  Mostly I just stick them into the ground in a vegetable bed, and some of them grow.  Hollywood is a very richly flavored, fairly large, deep red flesh /purple plum.  It makes delicious jam.  Fig cuttings are easy too.

Nursery stock is increasingly expensive. So is postage.  

This is for local only. I live in Battle Ground WA.  You would have to come here to pick them up.

Here are my varieties:

Hardy Chicago - most reliable for me, good tasting fig.  Black or dark brown,

Lattarula / White Marseilles - Greenish / yellowish, very sweet, very reliable, two crops annually.

Smith - a much desired fig and very delicious, but my microclimate in BG is too cool for me to get more than a couple figs each year.  Maybe with climate change or a warmer microclimate it would be better.

Red Carini - good fig, sometimes two crops a year.  Sicilian.  This year it didn't  bear much. Red-ish, not red like an apple.

Petite negri - sold by that name 20 years ago at Wayside nursery.  They since sold figs using the same photograph  as  Negronne.  I think they had a third name for it too.  It's my favorite by flavor.  Rather dwarf compared to the others.  Not much summer crop and fall crop is often too late to be any good, but when it bears it is so rich.  Slow growing and naturally dwarf, actually fairly low vigor.  I dug it up at 15 years old and moved it to BG, really too big for that.  It survived but over the past few years, the original trunk died and new side shoot are replacing it.  At 15 years old, I could still reach the top while standing on the ground.

I have  others if you are interested although they don't bear as well for me here - LSU Tiger, Adriatic, Brunswick.  I have a young White Sicilian that is actually quite good and starting to bear well, better than some of the others now that it is above deer salad bar height,  I have Celeste, still fairly small.  Last year the figs were quite sweet and rich, small,  but this year it didn't bear any.

Please me know if you want cuttings.  I don't have fridge room for them, so you would have to store them yourself.

Vancouver SW Washington
686 Posts
November 28, 2021 - 3:27 pm

The Hollywood is a red leaf plum? Because it is botanically classified as prunus cerasifera which all as seedlings have been commonly used for grafting a few other species of prunus onto them I could use it as a test understock plum for beach plum prunus maritima. The curiosity here is to find a way of grafting something good such as the Hollywood type to stand beach plum onto that will take long term. Nafexer Ken Asmus has makes mention that beach plum on other plums native to North America fails to take grafting long, but to my knowledge has never tried it with the European p cerasifera. 

When I return back to Washington in about a week then I will try and reach you via PM. Thanks.

Here in interior Alaska right now things are extremely cold and there are several purebred European wild plum diploid types here that are clean and raised from seed. Should you by chance be interested in such for hybridization of hardy genetic material then I could collect and bring along.

John S
2593 Posts
November 29, 2021 - 2:06 pm

Thanks Daniel,

Very generous of you.  I may ask for one of these if they are available when I try to swing by to see if you have Yates scions this winter.

John S

Clark County, WA
519 Posts
November 30, 2021 - 2:55 pm

Rooney, I can't find any good pictures of my Hollywood plum but here is one.  I think in April.

hollywood plum

623 Posts
November 30, 2021 - 8:37 pm

Daniel, its generous of you to offer these to people.  I have a Hollywood that seems poised to take off, and a backup, thanks to cuttings you gave me a couple of years ago.  I'm a little disappointed to hear that LSU Tiger isn't performing great for you.  I went through some effort to get a tree of it this year.  I got a few that are supposed to have relatively early main crop figs to see if I can get some to work.

What color is the flesh on your "Lattarula".  Did you give me a rooted cutting of it at our last HOS event?

Clark County, WA
519 Posts
December 1, 2021 - 8:49 am

Jafar, it's possible I did.  I know I took fig tree starts there and Lattarula is the most likely that I would start for giving away -it is one of the most productive and reliable for me, and a very good fig in my garden. I grew lots of those and gave most of them away. 

Lattarula is very similar to King or Desert King.  The flesh is a light tan color.  Even though it's considered a "white" fig, the outside color is greenish to yellowish.  Large figs.  Both Breba and Main crops.  Desert King is mainly breba but makes some fall crop, more pinkish inside and more greenish outside, and maybe a little bigger than Lattarula.

As for LSU Tiger, my memory is not perfect (whose is?).  I have had good crops from that one.  Usually I get some but no crop this year.  I wonder if that bad heat spell in June was the reason -  most of my fig varieties did not bear well this year.  That's unusual.  The microclimate is they are on the south side of my house in a clay soil and it's on a hill, so exposed.  A different microclimate might be better.  Figs are a Mediterranean tree, and it dies get hot some places there such as Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, but none of these is a North African variety.  Back to LSU Tiger, I like them and am looking forward to next year.

Lattarula in 2015

lattarula fig

Petite negri (left) and Desert King (right) in 2012


Actually, those Desert King look just like Lattarula to me but in person are a bit more pink.

Here, left is Sal's fig and right is LSU Tiger from 2013.

Sals Fig and LSU Tiger

My best tree for main crop is still Hardy Chicago because it is my earliest main crop - late summer.  Other, possibly better tasting main crop figs, Petite Negri, Smith, Brunswick are mostly spoiled by mold and rot in the wet weather of fall.  I have room to keep the trees, so I do in case weather conditions are more favorable.  I don't recommend them much here unless someone has a warmer microclimate than mine or slightly longer season.  I also have a young, small Celeste, originally from Malta and one of the mainstays of figs in the SE US and Texas.  I read they don't produce here but I don't always listen.  It's produced a handful last year at 4 feet tall.  Small, very sweet, reminded me of the black dried Mission figs available at the grocery store.  It didn't produce this year either.

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