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Ficus carica 'Petite Negra'

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: carica (KAIR-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Petite Negra
Additional cultivar information: (aka Black Jack)

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eukofios On Jul 7, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought this plant by mail order in 2001 from a company in S. Carolina. It was about 6 inches tall at the time. Now, 2012, it is about 8 or 9 feet tall. I prune it somewhat every winter. It survived all winters here in Vancouver WA, Zone 8b. The coldest was 15 F. It was slow starting from such a small plant. This variety is easy to grow from dormant cuttings, usually a foot to 18 inches long. I forgot to water a potted one for a few months one summer. Even though it dried out, it grew back again. It's fairly prolific. It gives a fair summer (breba) crop in July, and a fall (main) crop in Sept or Oct. I lose some of the Oct figs because they mold before I pick them. That's likely due to short rainy days here in the fall. The summer ones are the best. The figs are medium size, like an apricot in size, black outside and maroon inside. Very tasty. I like this fig very much, and recommend it for this area.

Positive goofybulb On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've had one Petite Nigra for almost a year now. It's a healthy little fig, a bit too young to fruit. It didn't mind the heat and humidity Miami has to give. I'm looking forward for fruits.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

New Market, Alabama
Queen Creek, Arizona
Lafayette, California
San Jose, California
Sebastopol, California
Casselberry, Florida
Miami, Florida
Raleigh, North Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Corpus Christi, Texas
Pilot Point, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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