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Chicago Hardy Fig

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
    17 reviews
Chicago Hardy Fig
Chicago Hardy Fig
Chicago Cold Hardy Fig
Chicago Hardy Fig
Chicago Hardy Fig
Chicago Cold Hardy Fig
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Chicago Hardy Fig

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
    17 reviews

Cold Hardy Fig - Can grow in very cold climates!

  • High fruit yields
  • Plump, delicious figs
  • Withstands colder climates down to zone 5!
  • Enjoy Fruit July through frost.
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Dying to have your own fig tree, but you have been told time and time again it's too cold where you live? The Chicago Hardy Fig is cold hardy even into a growing zone 5!

You'll get to sample the plump and tasty figs in your tree's very first season. Even a young plant can produce a small crop for you to show off! The figs are medium in size, but big in taste! They are sweet and delicious.

Chicago Hardy figs are a beautiful deep purple that looks gorgeous against the deep green of the 3 lobed leaves Not only does this tree provide fruit, it is an attractive specimen tree for your yard. Its mature height and width is 15-30 feet. This fig can tolerate severe pruning. It can be grown in a container and maintained at a height of approximately 6 feet.

This Fig tree is low maintenance and disease and pest resistant. The Chicago Hardy Fig thrives in full sun and can tolerate a variety of soils as long as they are well drained. Cold, drought and heat tolerant, the Chicago Hardy Fig tree can grow in most states! You will only need one fig tree to harvest tons of fruit; the Chicago Hardy Fig is self-pollinating.

Grow your very own figs with the Chicago Hardy Fig tree! We have a limited supply so order yours today!

Chicago Hardy Fig FAQ

How To Winterize

Start your winter protection by pruning dead leaves and branches. Mulch the base of your tree to cover the soil over the root system. Water fig tree once a month while dormant since the fig doesn't need much water when in dormancy. If temperature drops below 25 degrees you can wrap the tree with burlap or bubble wrap to protect it against frost.

When To Prune

Prune in late winter or early spring to encourage new fruit growth.

How Tall Does This Fig Tree Get?

30 feet tall with a 20-30 foot spread at maturity but can be kept pruned down to height of 6 feet.

Caring for Chicago Hardy Fig

When planting your Chicago Hardy Fig tree be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  This variety can be planted from growing zones 5 to 10.  If you are in a cooler zone like 5, summer is great time to plant.  In warm growing zones like 9 and 10, feel free to safely plant your new fig in winter.

Fig trees thrive in full sun and are adaptable to a variety of soils as long as they are well-draining.  Water deeply when planting and twice weekly for 3 months while your tree is establishing.   After the establishment period, in most areas you will only need to water during dry spells.  However, if you are in an extremely dry and/or hot climate, you may need to water a couple times per month in summer throughout your Fig tree's life.  If you see wilting leaves, your Fig tree needs more water.  Adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch is highly recommended for Fig trees.  Mulching protects those shallow roots from drying out.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Fertilize in spring to give your tree a boost.  Choose a slow release, balanced fertilizer like the one we carry to feed your fig.  Once established if your tree is growing and fruiting well, there is no need to fertilize.  Figs trees grown in containers will need fertilized 3 or 4 times per year as nutrients leech out of the pot when you water.  Prune your Fig in late winter to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches and to maintain size.

The Chicago Hardy Fig is pest and disease resistant.

Harvesting Tip:  Do not harvest your figs until they are ripe indicated by a rich purple/brown hue and a fruit that has some give.  Once picked, figs stop ripening. Figs also do great when grown in containers.

For additional options, be sure to browse our Fig tree collection.

growing zone 5-10
Growing Zones 5-10
Shipping Restriction AZ, CA
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Fall Color Yellow

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