I guess the controversy of the LSU improved Celeste will rage on for some time. I have a tree that came directly from the tree at LSU and not through a third party. I also have a tree from JR which I picked up in person. It had the label as follows "Improved Celeste (O'Rourke) and came with the verbal comment from JR that the Improved Celeste and O'Rourke is the same. (In a way he is correct as the only named improved Celeste from LSU is the O'Rourke) I also have an improved Celeste that I obtained from Dr. Mayer whom I believe was associated with the horticulture dept of ULL or La. Tech, someone will have to correct me on that one. The tree I got from him which was started from cutting of his own trees was tagged Improved Celeste. Talking to his son, he told me that this improved Celeste and the O'Rourke were the same. Here are some pictures of all three of the leaves off my trees, plus LSU Tiger.
Improved Celeste (O'Rourke) from JR
Improved Celeste from Dr. Mayers
O'Rourke from LSU
When we went to the LSU fig day last year I asked Dr. Johnson about the shape of the leaves. I told him that I didn't think the picture of the leaf published in the LSU document resembled the leaves on the tree we were were looking at. He then pointed to one leaf on the very bottom of the tree that had the exact look of the leaf as published. To me that leaf is not typical, but it does present itself on occasion. I see it on my tree at times but not today as I took these pictures.
I know that none of this proves or disproves anything but rather I just thought I'd post the three different leaf patterns of my three different trees from three different sources.