Sections 205, 206, and 207 of Part I give something of the history, races, caprification, possible improvement, growing at the North, and propagation.
In mild climates, such as California and South Florida, it makes a large tree, giving a grateful shade for fruit-packing, croquet grounds, rustic seats, and even the supper-table. Trees sixty feet in height, shading a circle seventy feet in diameter, are quite common. Yet in Southwest Texas, Arizona, and Florida, recently planted trees only four feet in height of some varieties are seen bearing fruit. The nomenclature of the fig has been sadly confused;. but, thanks to the labors of Dr. Eisen and others, the commercial varieties propagated from cuttings are now quite well established.
Size medium, roundish, with medium neck; stakl short; ribs not well defined; skin thin, light green, with yellow cheek. Flesh colored with violet streaks. Considerably grown in California, Arizonia, and the South. Not identical with the variety grown under this name in Europe.
Size below medium,roundish turbinate, and flattened like an onion; color yellow, dotted with long greenish-white specks. Flesh white, with tinge of rose toward the centre. Grown South and in Arizona.
Medium, roundish oblate, with short neck and obscure ribs; color black, covered with thick blue bloom. Flesh deep red, stiff, and syrupy; quality very good for the table or drying. Grown in the Gulf States on rich moist soil and in California.
Large, oblong, broad toward the apex, and slender toward the stalk; color dark purple, almost black, and covered with a thick blue bloom. Flesh yellowish, but red at center, juicy, with rich and sweet flavor. Grown South and well across the continent.
Medium, turbinate, flat at top; color deep purple, almost black when ripe. Flesh deep red, sweet, and luscious. Grown South and in Arizona.
Large to very large, pyriform, with swollen sides, one larger than the other; apex obtuse; neck and stock short; color pale amber, with violet shade. Flesh amber-colored. Season, early. Quality good for canning or preserves; rather poor for dessert use. Grown in Texas and the South.
Large, pyriform, with low neck and short stem; color light reddish amber. Flesh rosy red; quality very good. Grown in Arizona and on west coast; used largely in confections and for crystallizing.
Medium or above, roundish-pyriform; color pale bluish green, with scales prominent. Flesh amber-colored, with rosy streaks; seeds very small. Specially used for drying in a commercial way in California and Arizona.