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So all the Lowe's stores in my area get their figs from Florida, I forget the nursery name right now. I would guess all locations in the south that carry Brown Turkey and Celeste probably get theirs from the same place. I know they do in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina at least. This year I noticed some "Black Mission" figs for the first time ever, and I am very aware that Lowe's is not good with getting correct varieties labeled etc. However I was wondering if any of you in this part of the country have ever purchased a Black Mission from Lowe's and did it actually turn out to be the correct variety? How about the Brown Turkey's and Celeste? This post was really geared towards my curiosity about the Black Mission as I have known people in my area to correctly get Celeste and Brown Turkey from Lowes in the past. Plus Celeste and Brown Turkey are VERY common in these areas. I have never seen Black Mission and I used to live in NC as well and have checked all over Alabama and TN in the past.
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I bought a brown turkey from lowes about
10 years ago ,turned out to be correct.
I live in Louisiana.
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Hey that's awesome man.  You have any pics of the tree or the fruit?  If so maybe you should post it and when I get some I'll do the same and this post can be helpful on the issue of varieties from Lowe's.
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Does the fruit look anything like my current profile pic?
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Is it Simpson Nursery?
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I bought a brown turkey from lowes about
10 years ago ,turned out to be correct.
I live in Louisiana.
i got mine from home Depot 5 years ago it turned out to be a black fig. Drips honey too. I live in Louisiana. (Hickory )

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I think that Simpson nursery in Monticello, Florida is a large seller to Lowe's and HD in the Southeast, has been notorious for mislabeling. I sell most trees that I get from Lowe's and HD closeout sales as "unknowns", I do leave the existing tags(without pricing) in place. I do not keep them long enough to see figs.
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Yea you can get them for a few bucks.
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When do Lowes and HD normally have their close out sales?
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As soon as the leaves turn brown!!! HD had some Nero's in a decorative container for $25......the first day the display was up 3 were broken at the top. Two day later wilted as the container had a cardboard cover to make watering impossible. Multiple types of fruit trees all $25 almost dead in a week.......still no discount offered. 
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My HD brown Turkey was a lemon fig.

My Ischia from Lowes (fall end of season sale) is really a White marsielles (sp?). ( dewars)

I saw what looked like improved celeste at walmart labled Hardy Chicago. (Simpson).

Nero has an open eye, good luck and be caureful out there.

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Yes, it's simpson nursery.
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Hey it's awesome that so many people responded so quickly!  I hope that others will share their experiences here.  I have a few trees I have acquired from Lowe's and HD in the past but never got fruit.  I would like to see what others have gotten.  
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Maybe we can at least get a post that shares the mislabeled figs from Simpson nursery and can at least figure out what they are really selling...
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My HD brown Turkey was a lemon fig.

My Ischia from Lowes (fall end of season sale) is really a White marsielles (sp?). ( dewars)

I saw what looked like improved celeste at walmart labled Hardy Chicago. (Simpson).

Nero has an open eye, good luck and be caureful out there.

I just bought a nero from ROUSES

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Hey that's awesome man.  You have any pics of the tree or the fruit?  If so maybe you should post it and when I get some I'll do the same and this post can be helpful on the issue of varieties from Lowe's.
I don't have
any current pics.When this years figs ripen
up,will be sure post them!
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Does your Brown Turkey look like my photo?
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So I went to HD today and I'm questioning some of the labels of the smaller 1 gal potted figs.  Those listed at celeste are quite possibly violette de bordeaux, based on the leaf pattern.  I do know they sell that variety down here as i've seen it before at this HD, but i'm almost ok with buying it to see what surprise fig I end up with.  Has anyone see a VdB at HD?
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Yes! I bought one from them (HD) as far as I know it's a VdB. That's what it said on the container and tag.

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Where are you located Laeotis?  I have never seen VdB in TN, AL or NC at the HDs or Lowes' stores.  I only tend to see Celeste and Brown Turkey.  However Walmart last year had 4 varieties from a different nursery in Florida but they were all misidentified.  I bought a "Green Ischia" only find it was truly a "White Marseille."  I check the nurseries of all the stores I can because you never know what they may have and what they may have on discount at different parts of the year.
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Tucson AZ! I wouldn't doubt if it was misidentified, I saw two fig trees misidentified at a local nursery, two completely different leaf structures on two completely different fig plants as the same... I got a fig tree at (HD) for $10 because it had no label, only to have them tell me it was a brown turkey when it looked like a Kadota to me, maybe a white Kadota. I have since grafted two cuttings onto it lol, but the rest is doing excellent!

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My HD brown Turkey was a lemon fig. My Ischia from Lowes (fall end of season sale) is really a White marsielles (sp?). ( dewars) I saw what looked like improved celeste at walmart labled Hardy Chicago. (Simpson). Nero has an open eye, good luck and be caureful out there.
Lol Lewi! I  bought 2 Celestial fig trees from Lowes 5 years ago at the same time 1 turned out to be Celeste and the other Lemon.Stay away from Willis orchards nothing they have sold me has turned out to be what I ordered.

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Wow a lemon fig would be a nice surprise.  How does it taste?
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Petals from the past sells Lemon fig trees. $12 or so for a good one gallon. As I recall it's a mild, light sweet fig with a slight citrus taste. I think it's a pretty good size fig also. I would compare it to white Marseille in size and taste.
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Lol Lewi! I  bought 2 Celestial fig trees from Lowes 5 years ago at the same time 1 turned out to be Celeste and the other Lemon.Stay away from Willis orchards nothing they have sold me has turned out to be what I ordered.


Lemon fig has that grassy lemon taste if it is not very ripe...then it turns Jammy and and tasty, eye opens upon ripening...

However Celeste is less drought tolerant, if you neglect them they die...

Willis -TyTy-pecan nursury-etc. Has so many names for the same lousy Business...glad I avoided them after doing a search....

I have a mystery fig from Sam Waltons glorious general store, maybe one day Ill have a ripe fig to speed ID! Ok, it was 2 dollars 50 cents on clearance...leaf shape varies from mission to almost HC, to almost Magnolia...wierd tree...just about died to the ground even protected. (Ok I did moove it right before winter to a sunnier spot...so maybe my fault?).

My Wellsprings Garden TX Everbearing is in line with Du Rio Nurseries discription, and grew nice and big...so those looking for cheaper fig trees should look there..I dont eat fruit the first 3 years...so tissue culture is good with me.

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I bought a "black mission" from Home Depot a few weeks ago. It was a two foot tall bush profile without leaves. It is now densely covered in leaves. I will post a pic tomorrow.
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Cool beans, we await pics.
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I picked up a few of the "black missions" just to see what they really are.  Concerning the lemon fig, I have a few white Marseilles that were sold at Walmart from a different nursery in Florida last year but they were labeled as Green Ischia.  The fig is pretty good if left to get a little squishy or "jammy."  Look forward to seeing your pics Kevin.
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I bought a "black mission" from Home Depot a few weeks ago. It was a two foot tall bush profile without leaves. It is now densely covered in leaves. I will post a pic tomorrow.


These are pics from this morning of the "black mission" bought at Home Depot about a month ago. When I bought it, it had no leaves.

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Reminds me of a "nero" I saw at Lowes a month ago...wait untill fruit for positive ID.
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Kevin what varieties do you see in your area, for me it's usually only Brown Turkey and Celeste.
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@lewi - The Nero I got at Lowe's last year had Yellow figs with a very long neck.  They had another this year but the leaves doesn't look anything like the one last year, I bought it anyway, who knows.



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The Lowes and HD had only Brown Turkey here in the Chattanooga area in pots. HD had a display of $25 fruit trees that included some 18 inch "Nero" figs in fancy metal pots. All were broken and looked bad but were all gone a few days later. My local nursery has for the first time stocked more than the Celeste and Brown Turkey. Had LSU Purple and Gold, Hardy Chicago, Desert King, and Mission. I thanked them and believe the area around them will support the $60 4-5 foot trees. The area has turned from agricultural to $500,000 and up homes in the past ten years, Peyton Manning lives there. Or I should has a home there, I think he has three.  So I have not bought a fig tree this year.....YEA!
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As soon as the leaves turn brown!!! HD had some Nero's in a decorative container for $25......the first day the display was up 3 were broken at the top. Two day later wilted as the container had a cardboard cover to make watering impossible. Multiple types of fruit trees all $25 almost dead in a week.......still no discount offered. 

They use a method called pay by scan. The vendor doesn't get paid until the plant sells. This way the lazy employees aren't responsible in keeping plants alive. So I'm sure they will either get tossed or sent back and cut back.

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Kevin what varieties do you see in your area, for me it's usually only Brown Turkey and Celeste.


Home Depot had the BLack Mission in pots like the one I posted a picture of up above $29.99~. Both Lowes and Home Depot had Chicago Hardy in very small laminated boxes, these plants were $9.99 and were tiny tiny tiny. They are still sitting inside the stores along with grape vines and blackberry bushes. They are beyond leggy at this point as they have been there for a solid month with zero sunlight.

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I saw panache at Lowe's and vdb at HD. Was gonna grab a panache but every single one appeared to have fmv so I passed.
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