Back to the subject Sweet Diana (SD) is a fig I put in ground. I put 5 in ground. SD grew the best. It's 7 feet tall from a cutting rooted last winter.
Sorry for the poor photo, the plant is back lit from the sun. SD is most likely a strain of Celeste. A good one though!! I got it from nycfigs on f4f. Here is what he said about it's hardiness.
"I know that I posted somewhere that we
planted a Sweet Diana in-ground in the northern garden, Oneonta, NY,
zone 5b. Although we are zone 5b, temperatures are still regularly
recorded in the -20F and -30F range. I think the low in town was
recorded as -23F last winter. We're on the very top of the mountain and
get much colder so going to guess we were -30F or colder. But we
regularly sustain negative single digit temps for days at a time. Last
year we planted a Hardy Chicago, Florea and Sweet Diana all in-ground
with no protection. All three varieties were 2 years old and healthy.
The location for planting wasn't ideal but they do receive 9+ hours of
direct sunlight every day. The HC and Florea did not make it. Sweet
Diana died to the ground but pulled through. Came back strong and
healthy and is a little over 2 feet tall now. Definitely a testament to
the good genes of this variety. "
I'm in 5b too! Not as cold though! Still it may not fruit well after being killed to the ground. I want to try and keep some of the top growth alive. I guess I will wrap the tree this winter. it is in a southern exposure right next to the house;. It is next to a cement porch attached to the house. I'm hoping ambient heat from the house will help it get though the winter. I have one in a pot too I will keep in the garage.
Both in container and in ground fruited the first year. This is a small fig, and here they are, they can get a little bigger than this. No berry taste, more like a date, very sweet.
I think the taste is good! A perfect fig for preserves and such. It does well in wet conditions too.
Well that beast in the first photo will be cut down to 3 or 4 feet, so if anybody wants to try Sweet Diana, I will have cuttings this winter. All I ask for is postage.