- Magnolia is also known as Brunswick, Dalmatian and Madonna. The Magnolia is a good, medium to large sized tasty fig with attractive, deeply lobed leaves. The skin is reddish brown and the flesh is amber to strawberry colored. It is a vigorous, very hardy (known to survive 5 degrees Fahrenheit without damage) tree with a light breba crop. The rich, sweet flavor is best when the flowers are pollinated but does not need a pollinator to bear fruit. The figs are good fresh or preserved. This is one cultivar that is worth growing for the ornamental value alone. Because the fruit may spoil if it is excessively wet during ripening, this one is best grown in the Southwest or other areas where it remains dry during this time.