Mission, often refered to as Black Mission, is a large, vigorous tree that grows best in desert or inland climate. This variety does not do well in coastal areas. It bears purple-black, dark fruit which ripens in June on old wood and often again in August on current year’s wood. Ideal for eating fresh or preserves. Leaves are 3 or 5 lobed, from 4 to 10 inches long. Provides dense shade. Locate where ripe fruit will not drop on patios,terraces or drives. Tolerant of a wide variety of soils and loves heat. Does not need pollination.