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Ficus 'Chicago Hardy' - fig tree
  • Chicago Hardy fig is the most cold tolerant fig plant available
  • Chicago Hardy fig is the most cold tolerant fig plant available
  • Chicago Hardy fig is the most cold tolerant fig plant available

Ficus 'Chicago Hardy' - fig tree

The hardiest fig available
Item: #FICCH1Q
ZONE 6,7,8,9
As low as $8.19
  • Easy-to-grow edible
  • Most cold-resistant fig on market
  • Unbothered by pests
  • Savory when fresh; sweeter when dried
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Ficus 'Chicago Hardy' - fig tree Description

  • The hardiest fig – grows even in zone 5
  • May die back to the ground in cold areas but regrows from the roots
  • Sweet purple-brown figs ripen in early-mid autumn each year
  • Distinctive foliage with a pleasant fragrance
  • Site in full sun and a protected location for best results in cold climates

Special Features: edible, hardy, unusual, deer resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
  • Common name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day).
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    One quart
  • Soil type:
    Requires alkaline soil with good drainage.
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    10-20 ft x 12-22 ft/li>
  • Flower color:
    brown fruits
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Best in a vegetable garden.
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:



Soil:  Does best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils (pH 7.0 or higher). Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established.  
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day). We highly recommend planting in a warm, protected spot in cold climates where the plants will be sheltered from blasts of cold air. Against a south-facing brick wall is ideal.
Water:  Average.
Space:  Plant 10-20 ft
Fertilizing:  High fertility is recommended for best crop, especially in cold climates. Apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring, then again in late spring and in early summer. Tomato fertilizer is a good alternative.
Winterizing & Maintenance:  Mulch at least 3" deep in cold climates. May die back to the ground in cold areas but will regrow from the roots. A long, warm season will produce the best fruit; harvest before a frost hits if necessary.