I'd like to post an update on how different varieties are growing here in Mesa, AZ. Some varieties seem to grow better in the desert heat than others. Here are MY BEST GROWERS SO FAR:
Desert King grows like a weed here. This one has added almost 3 feet of new growth so far this season.
LSU Purple died back last winter and has put out this new growth so far this year.
Joe's Jersey (my unknown) is growing into a dense, bushy plant. It appears to be one of my most drought tolerant plants, and naturally shades its base.
Violette de Bordeaux curls its leaves in the heat, but grows vigorously despite of it. Strong grower and very productive.
Black Madeira is still small but is putting out dark green, healthy looking foliage. It does not seem to mind the heat at all.
Figs have formed so far on the following varieties:
Violette de Bordeaux (good grower, good fruit producer)
LSU Gold (average grower, good fruit producer)
Celeste (poor grower, average fruit producer)
LSU Purple (good grower, good fruit producer)
Barnisotte (too small to tell yet)