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LSU Purple Fig Tree

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

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Growing Zones: 4-6 patio / 7-10 outdoors
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10 outdoors
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

July - Otctober

Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

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Botanical Name:

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

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Perfect For Container Growing

For a hardy tree that delivers super-sweet fruit with little effort, look no further than the LSU Purple Fig Tree. Bred by the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture for superior disease resistance, the LSU Purple Fig is rarely bothered by fig rust, fruit rot or nematodes. This sturdy tree rarely requires any pesticides or special care.

LSU Purple Figs are perfect for the Deep South. High heat and humidity can cause figs to drop early, but LSU Purple Figs were bred with heat resistance in mind. Its fruit ripens on the tree, and its leaves are resistant to fungal infections that spread in areas of high summer humidity. In the event of a surprise cold snap, this tree may die back a bit in its first year, but is capable of withstanding temperature fluctuations like a champ as it matures.

Harvest fruit as early as the second year! Most fig trees take four to five years to reach full maturity and set fruit, but the LSU Purple Fig is capable of setting small crops of figs in its second or third year.  

Enjoy figs from April through December! Unlike other fig trees, the LSU Purple Fig has three fruiting seasons: a light crop in early spring, a big main crop in July and a late crop in November and even early December. This prolific bearer will keep you eating sweet, healthy figs almost all year round.

LSU Purple Figs get rave reviews for flavor. These figs have a notably high sugar content, so the flavor is super sweet. They also are mild, not overpowering like some varieties. These are perfect for eating right off the tree!

Figs are both healthy and delicious! When you grow your own figs, you can enjoy organic fruit from your back yard. Figs are high in fiber and rich in minerals like potassium, manganese and calcium. Figs can be eaten fresh, dried for storage or made into jams and preserves, all of which are delicious with breakfast grains, a cheese plate or as a complement to savory meat dishes.

LSU Purple Figs make an attractive landscape plant. Vigorous, upright growth and attractive, medium-sized fruits that ripen to a reddish-purple make this plant a lovely addition to any yard or garden. This tree doesn’t require a pollinator and can be planted as a specimen plant or in a patio container.

Fall is a great time to plant figs. As the weather cools down, fig trees start to go dormant. They stop making new foliage and concentrate on growing deeper roots. Once spring arrives, your tree is set to explode with new growth and fruit production!

Your fig tree will arrive with semi-dormant leaves. The once bright spring foliage is now turning brown and spotty, and may be dropping. This is natural and happens this time of year.

LSU Purple Fig Tree Pollination

LSU Purple Fig Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional LSU Purple Fig Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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Great tree growing figs in first year!
I bought my tree several months ago and have been nothing but pleased with it since. The tree arrived quickly, healthy, beautiful, and well-packaged, with plenty of leaves; I even pruned it a little more to give it a more "tree" shape than "bush" and it has flourished ever since. I planted it in a pot immediately and it quickly started to grow. Recently, 6 little figs have started to grow in its very first year (it's the very end of May, now)! I love it, fully reccommend Fast Growing Trees, and am looking forward to home-grown figs!
May 31, 2016
Baltimore, MD
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Ever hopeful
Right now, mine is in a container. I did not have the nerve to plant it outside yet! Makes a nice houseplant so far.
January 13, 2017
Lawrenceville, GA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
LSU purple
came healthy and ready to go! ordered some strawberries from FGT to companion plant. Will be ordering lots from FGP to start a food forest and replace all my yard grass with edibles, companion plants, and beauty. Why water non producing grass when you can have a garden of eden in your own yard!
May 27, 2017
1 month ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your LSU Purple Fig Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your LSU Purple Fig Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your LSU Purple Fig Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your LSU Purple Fig Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I have a small space to plant it
Maria U on Apr 1, 2017
Growing up the neighbor had a fig tree and I used to pick fresh figs for snacks.
Michael M on Mar 21, 2017
I have a small space to plant it
Maria U on Apr 1, 2017
Grows well in the south and the heat.
Frank D on Mar 26, 2017
Growing up the neighbor had a fig tree and I used to pick fresh figs for snacks.
Michael M on Mar 21, 2017
I chose the LSU fig tree because I am going to try to grow in a pot outside and wanted a little smaller tree, and I love figs! I am excited to see how it does.
Marcy B on Mar 21, 2017
I Like Figs
Roger G on Mar 12, 2017
grows in a container
Eileen G on Mar 9, 2017
It looks great in the picture. Hope mine will be the same.
beata E on Mar 8, 2017
It said it would be heat tolerant as I live in Florida. Also, figs are delicious.
Jasmine R on Mar 2, 2017
My husband has wanted a fig tree forever. This seems like a good choice because it can stay in a pot. Thought it would be a nice surprise for a wonderful husband!
Angelina T on Mar 1, 2017
I have been looking for a hardy fig tree for my back yard. I googled fig tree nursery's in this area. Being that I am a LSU grad. and LOVE anything purple,the name just popped out to me. I saw that I live in an area that this tree will grow in and the price is right. I can't wait to receive my tree and plant it!
Susie P on Feb 28, 2017
I want to make fig spread
Susan G on Feb 27, 2017
Planting a new orchard on part of 21 acres I purchased. I ordered this tree to have fresh figs thoroughout the summer into autumn.
Paul G on Feb 18, 2017
HORACE T on Feb 14, 2017
Go Tigers ! Can't wait to taste the sweet fruit
Chris C on Jan 31, 2017
Recipient practices Buddhism and this fig tree will help his meditation
Dr. Robert and Mrs. R on Jan 30, 2017
Actually the maturity size is what attracted me to this tree
Anna C on Jan 27, 2017
I love fruits! I always want plant fig tree, wish I can eat figs from my yard next year :)
Kaylan L on Apr 16, 2016
ANTHONY A on Apr 12, 2016
Zone 9
Jeanne M on Apr 3, 2016
New home/yard & want some fruit trees indigenous to the area.
Sandra T on Mar 28, 2016
supposed to be hardy and I like figs
Rich, the honey do man on Mar 17, 2016
Because it blooms 3 times a year and hopefully sooner than the others.
Sue D on Mar 6, 2016
Grows well in the south and the heat.
Frank D on Mar 26, 2017
I chose the LSU fig tree because I am going to try to grow in a pot outside and wanted a little smaller tree, and I love figs! I am excited to see how it does.
Marcy B on Mar 21, 2017
How long will it take to get a fruit crop? (1st year? 2nd year? etc.)
Nicole S on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I got mine a few months ago and it already has 6 little baby figs growing on it. (It's the very end of May, now.)
How tall/wide does the LSU purple fig tree grow when planted in a container?
Lakshmi H on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine is outdoors, planted in orchard. It is about 4.5 feet tall, and produced figs the first year. Not too wide, has a very sturdy trunk and really good shape. It is the best fig for taste and shape I have. (compared to my brown turkey and celeste fig trees)
I am resident in va. cold in winter time and hot in the summer time. is the fig trees ok that weather?
willams k on Dec 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have this fig planted outdoors in north east Texas. We get to the 20's and do have multiple day freeze temps each winter. So far it has done well. LSU fig trees have survived heat and cold when some of my Brown Turkey did not come back out. I will say this, in the warm temps, this tree really loves the sun, so plant is somewhere sunny and expect strong root and base limb growth the first couple of years. After that, it will begin to grow much larger. I did have fruit the first year, but decided to pull off early to allow the root system more time to really establish itself. Enjoy - these are delicious
is this self pollinating?
vrd2017 on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This variety is Ficus Carica (common fig) which does not require pollination.
Do the birds eat the fruit?
Janette S on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Havent noticed birds eating any of the fruit, but it does get eaten by little critters. My guess is squirrels or raccoons. I put a cage over mine when its starts to give fruit to protect it.
How often do water plant ?
Cliff on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Outside, in a container, in central Florida, I water it every day some, but not drounding it. After the early frost that dropped it's leaves and half-done figs, I water it a little every other day or two, but I'm not sure this is correct. Come Spring time I will find out if I did the right thing!
Does this tree need any winter dormant time to fruit well every year?
Annelise S on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm in zone 9; we had a little frost about 35 to 37 degrees plus a wind chill. It dropped all it's leaves, but has recovered nicely. I will be looking for a greenhouse this Fall. Rex
Can I plant south west side of backyard with no shade?
Sheri M on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have to have at least 6 hours of full sun in order to produce.
I read that one of the fig trees got Nematodes. I hope this is not the one. Does someone know which Fig that was?
Doris M. M on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have had nothing but good things to say about this fig. Grows fast, mine is at the edge of an orchard, no issues at all regarding the plant or fruit health.
How does
the plant arrive, I'm sending as a gift? Dies it come as pictured in a pot?
Sheila D on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will not come in a pot as pictured, but in a black planters pot.

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