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The cold-hardiest fig available.
After a single bite into a fig, we know well why figs figure so prominently in scriptures (e.g., Biblical proverb: “He who guards the fig tree will eat its fruit”) and myths. Strikingly attractive trees, lushly embroidered with large, three-fingered leaves, bestow a luscious cavalcade of golf ball-sized deep-purple figs. In the first season after planting, you can pick, peel, and delight in sweet, juicy, fresh figs right off the tree from late summer into early fall. High-performance shrubs produce up to 100 pints of figs in a season. Figs are epicurean marvels, delicious in salads, added to cereal, or served as a wrapped appetizer. The cold-hardiest (hence ‘Chicago’) fig available, handsome trees can grow up to 30 feet; or you can keep them at 6 feet: it’s up to you. Low upkeep trees can grow just about anywhere. Drought-tolerant, pest-resistant.
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This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.
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Fig, Chicago Hardy is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Showing promise.I bought mine two years ago, and it's started to yield small fruits. The growing season continues though, and I did prune it back last year. I recommend the Chicago Hardy.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of
Passionate gardener from
A childhood favoriteI've been looking for a fig tree that can grow in upper New York, and Burpee had just what I was looking for! My grandmother always had a bowl of figs on the table and a beautiful fig tree in her backyard. Now I have 3 of them! I can't wait to harvest my first fresh figs!!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of
North Woods Beth from
Chicago FigI bought this for my northern Michigan home. I'll bring it in come winter but I have never had a plant thrive like this! Arriving with a few leaves, it is now over 3 feet tall and is absolutely stunning! Looking forward to roasted figs!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of
Surprisingly Vibrant TreeI ordered one of these Chicago Hardy Fig trees in early April. I immediately put it into a very large, (but moveable), pot with good organic soil and it has done very well so far. It was only about 3" tall when I got it and having read other reviews I was still skeptical but I wanted to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. The tree has grown unbelievable well. It is now about 18" tall and about 21" wide, (Mid-July). It looks to have some buds growing already. Once the tree has made it through the next winter, and grown even more, I plan to plant it in our yard.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 1 out of
Fig, Chicago HardyI bought this fig tree in the spring and planted it outside. Since I am in zone 5, the weather stays pretty cold until May (last frost was late April). The fig tree didn't survive.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of
Rather smallI bought this a couple months ago. I knew it would be small since it is listed as being a 4" pot. However, it was a 1" plug stuck in a 4" pot with potting soil around it. The plug had been watered, but the soil around it hadn't even been watered and had all fallen out during shipping. When I order a 4" pot, I expect there to be roots in all 4". I paid way too much for what I received.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 1 out of
This is not a tree!Just received my order, which included this fig "tree". Very disappointing, to say the least. It's a tiny plant with deformed leaves. I paid almost $20 for this little thing. Lesson learned.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 3 out of
A great fig with one important caveatI bought this several years ago from another vendor. It is remarkably easy to grow and highly productive. I can vouch for its cold tolerance to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The caveat is that this is an open eye fig meaning that there is an opening at the blossom end which persists through maturity. Every fig was infested with ants. I tried perimeter treatment and ant bait but I never got one fig for myself that wasn't a home to 4 or 5 small red ants. A real pity.