I got Ruby Rose from Evdurtschi a year ago (or less) as a cutting. Because this tree was unknown if it was common, and suspected of possibly being a smyrna, I had it off the collection of figs I have and on a separate area where I knew I always had to keep an eye on it. I heard that the few others who have this variety have had figs but dropped. Some even “ripened” one or a couple of figs but believed it was still, possibly a smyrna. I myself had about 3 drop but since then, I have had nothing but ripe figs off of it. The tree still hasn’t been cut down because it still has figs and I want to see if it drops any further figs or ripens them. The figs are small but I noticed they are rain-proof. Atleast these “worst rains we ever had”, these fig were unfaced by them. The figs become hairy and have a hybrid look. The tree is vigorous and the figs tasted sweet, with a slight hint of peach like flavor with a velvety soft skin and closed eye.
Eric’s Ruby Rose images show a couple of different figs. One with super dark flesh and one super red, both caprified. On the contrary, my figs are a golden yellow with a red tint bleeding into the center, looking almost like the beautiful Rose Gold, another one of Eric’s collection. Here are the pictures I took today of Ruby Rose as I picked it just a couple of days early but still a great candidate, specially for those in the hot, wet South.
So back to my original question in the title: When is it ok to call one common?