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Fig Tree - Chicago Hardy

Grow your own fresh, sweet figs... even in cold regions!

The Chicago Hardy Fig (Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy') would make a great addition to any yard and we are so excited to offer our customers in colder regions the opportunity to grow fresh, sweet figs.

As its name implies, this tree originated in Chicago making it a hardy addition for northern landscapes.  While it thrives outdoors, this fig tree will even succeed potted and brought inside during the colder season.

The Chicago Fig is high yielding and easy to grow. It produces medium sized, purple skinned figs that can be peeled and eaten fresh from the tree. 

Figs ripen from August until the first frost in the fall.  They may even bear fruit as early as July.  No need to wait for produce as this easy-to-grow tree typically bears fruit its first season!

The fig is attractive on its own with its distinctive three finger leaves. With the large, leathery, dark-green leaves, the Chicago Hardy Fig is an upright scrub or small tree.

Your Chicago Hardy Fig can grow to up to 12 feet tall and 9-10 feet wide producing gallons of figs annually when planted outdoors. The plant sized can be controlled by retaining it in a pot, starting with the small 10” size eventually growing into a 10-15 gallon planter.

There's nothing like the unique taste and textures of fresh figs!

Eat the fruit right off the tree or surprise your guests with figs you've grown wrapped in prosciutto as a delicious appetizer.  They’re great in salads, on oatmeal or just as a healthy snack the whole family will enjoy.

In some colder climates the tree can freeze to the ground. Don't be alarmed though it will come back in the spring and produce fruit that same year. Because the Chicago Hardy Fig fruits on new wood this cycle will not affect it's fruiting.

We take pride in delivering you the highest quality trees. Our family of fig tree growers has been in business since 1938.  This means you get superior trees that have been grown and selected from almost 75 years of experience.

Get your Chicago Hardy Fig tree today!

The Chicago Hardy Fig is:

* Self Fruiting
* Low maintenance and hardy
* Deer and Pest resistant

Hardiness Zones:
Zones 5 to 10 outdoors year round
Zones 4 to 7 patio / indoors in winter

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Shipping Fees

Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.


  Order Total        S&H
  0.00 – 15.00       $    11.95
  15.01 - 30.00     $    12.95
  30.01 - 50.00     $    15.95
  50.01 - 75.00     $    19.95
  75.01 - 150.00     $    23.95
  150.01 - 250.00     $    29.95
  250+    approx.17%

Plant Types and Container Sizes

Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:


Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.

Select (bare root) Plants - Hand selected-quality bare root plants.The height of the plant you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Plants are 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Select (bare root) Small Fruits - Hand-selected quality small fruit plants. The height and # of plants in the pack you will receive is displayed above and below the image. (Ex: 3-pack of 1 foot plants).

Note on No. 1 Select sizes: You may see No. 1 used as the size of Select Tree/Plant. A "Number 1" grade plant is the highest-grade bare root plant available.
Potted Plants & Trees - Quality plants and trees with developed root systems will have this icon. Typical sizes of our potted plants and trees are as follows:

  • •  #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
  • •  #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
  • •  #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
  • •  #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
  • •  5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
  • •  4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
  • •  4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
Plant and Flower Bulbs - Quality bulbs, roots and tubers. The number of bulbs included in the pack is displayed below the bulbs images.
Seed Packets - Our seed packets will contain this icon.
Other product types will simply list what type of product it is (bags of seed, trays of plugs and garden center items etc.).

Plant Facts

Family Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
Mature Height 10 to 12 feet
Soil Adaptable
Zones 5-11
Sun Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Characteristics Pink-red flesh
Pollinator Required None
Harvest Period August to frost

Fig Tree - Chicago Hardy.

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