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Fig, Chicago Hardy

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The cold-hardiest fig available.

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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. 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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Zone 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.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-30 feet

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

15-30 feet

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
Full Sun
15-30 feet
15-30 feet
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Food Use
Edible Fruit
Ficus carica
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Fig, Chicago Hardy is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It lives up to its name. Indestructible! I put three of these Chicago Hardy's in the ground and two of them took. This was about 5 years ago. Two years ago I got over 1000 figs off the two trees which have now merged into what appears to be one tree and I live in Missouri where winter temps can go well below zero .... I never cover them with anything for winter.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic high yields best figs for any gardeners backyard. I would suggest this fig tree to anyone
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When I received it, it was small Today, just 4 months later the fig tree is over 3 feet tall with many branches and figs. It was a great investment.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 5 by from A childhood favorite I'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 5 by from Chicago Fig I 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 5 by from Surprisingly Vibrant Tree I 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 5 by from Fig, Chicago Hardy I 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
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