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Grow Your Own Fresh, Sweet Figs in Cold Regions!

The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy') makes 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 when 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, and the tree may even bear fruit as early as July. There’s 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 large, leathery, dark green leaves, the Chicago Hardy Fig is an upright shrub or small tree.

A 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 can be maintained by simply pruning to any desired size. Growing it in a pot is also another way to enjoy the Chicago Hardy Fig, starting with a small 14” size pot. In 3 years, shift the plant into a larger container, such as a 16-18 in pot and then even larger as it gets older.

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, as 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

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Chicago Hardy Fig Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-11
Growing Zones 5-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 10 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 7 feet
Soil Type Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun