Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
Grow Chicago Hardy Figs Even in Colder Regions
- Great Tasting Fruit
- Self Fruiting
- Low Maintenance
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree (Ficus carica) makes an awesome addition to any yard and as its name implies, this tree originated in Chicago. This makes it an ideally suited Fig tree for northern landscapes.
It's not just a cold-hardy Fig, it is great-tasting as well. It is for this reason that the Chicago Hardy has become one of the favorites of home gardeners around the country.
Chicago Hardy Fig can produce up to 100 pints of Fig fruit per season and are easily grown and maintained. While it thrives outdoors, this Fig tree will even succeed when potted and brought inside during the colder season.
Chicago Hardy Fig Trees, which prefer full or partial sun, are high-yielding, self-fruiting and ever so easy to grow. They produce medium-sized, purple-skinned Figs that are delicious when peeled and eaten fresh from the tree.
Figs typically ripen anywhere from August until the first frost in the fall, but the tree may even bear fruit as early as July. There's no need to wait for them to produce as this easy-to-grow tree will usually bear fruit in its very first season.
In some colder climates, the tree can freeze to the ground. Don't be alarmed when this happens, though, as it will come back in the spring and will even produce fruit that same year. Because the Chicago Hardy Fig fruits on new wood, this cycle does not affect its fruiting at all.
The wide range of adaptation means that this tree is able to thrive in Zones 5-11, from the hot climates of central California to various coastal climates around the country. Because of its small to closed eye, Chicago Hardy is a good choice to plant in Texas as well as all along the Southern Seaboard. And of course, those hungry gardeners in Zone 5 finally get a chance to grow delicious Figs for themselves!
This Fig is an attractive upright shrub or small tree, with distinctively large and leathery, dark green three-fingered leaves. Also known as ‘Bensonhurst Purple,’ Chicago Hardy Fig Trees may be pruned to control it's size. Chicago Hardy Figs do well as container-grown trees and are drought-tolerant once established.
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Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Chicago Hardy Fig Grown for Flavor and Adaptability
The name alone indicates that this variety is widely adapted. It's not just a cold hardy Fig, it is a great tasting, too. It is for this reason that the Chicago Hardy has become one of the favorites of home gardeners around the country.
Numerous stories exist of how Fred Born, a member of the North American Fruit Explorers organization, came about this unique selection. One has Fred Born receiving Fig cuttings from an Italian grower in Chicago. Another story has Fred hearing about the variety and upon seeing and tasting the selection, asking for cuttings.
In either case, Fred Born went on to name the variety and share it with his many Fig growing friends, including well known fruit specialist, author, and nurserymen Michael McConkey, of Edible Landscaping. He claims to have been given the Chicago Hardy in about 1970, which by all accounts makes McConkey one of the first to receive them. Today, McConkey reports the variety to be one of the best selections he has, both in flavor and dependable production.
The wide range of adaptation comes in its ability to thrive in the hot climates of Central California and to ripen a crop in coastal climates around the country. Because of its small to closed eye, Chicago Hardy is a good choice in Texas and the Southern Seaboard.
It has proven to be dependable in producing a crop in the same year, even after being frozen to the ground. The colder zones 5b, 6 can grow it by protecting the crown with wrapping or heavy straw mulch, and zones 7 and 8 can grow them in a more protected location - satisfying the home gardeners in these parts of the county wishing to grow a Fig.
It joins the list of successful varieties of Figs being grown in the marginal regions throughout the county. Varieties like Desert King, Brown Turkey, and Celeste come to mind. These are also additional varieties to consider when expanding your Fig collection.
|Botanical Name||Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'|
|Mature Height||10 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 7 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|