Growing Zones: 5-10 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 15-30 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
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Withstands Temperatures down to -10F
A Cold-Hardy, No-Fuss Fig
No matter how cold it gets, the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will never let you down. It's a Fig-yielding machine that can withstand some of the coldest winter temperatures Mother Nature can dish out. Also known as the Cold Hardy Fig, it can literally freeze over and still come back strong the following spring, producing bushels of plump, delicious figs.
Achieving heights of up to 30 feet, the Cold Hardy Fig can be trimmed to size and maintained as small as 6 feet high if desired. The large, three-fingered leaves offer a thick screen of lush greenery when left to flourish. Add to that the deep purple figs that provide a lovely visual accent and you have a stunning, functional tree that will enhance any planting location you choose.
This Tree really Gives a Fig-and then some!
As wonderful as the Chicago Hardy looks, the real prize is all the figs. The golf ball sized, richly colored fruit abounds. Slice one open and behold the juicy flesh of these high quality figs. Perfect for peeling and eating right off the tree in late summer to early fall, you'll be enjoying these amazing figs in your first season after planting. And the numbers may surprise you. Your Chicago Hardy will yield as many as 100 pints of figs each season!
These healthy, delicious treats can be used in a variety of ways to spruce up meals and desserts. Whether tossed into salads, added to oatmeal or wrapped in prosciutto for an unforgettable appetizer, your homegrown figs will always keep things interesting in the landscape and kitchen alike.
Order your Cold Hardy Fig Tree today!
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree Pollination
Chicago Hardy Fig Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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no luck with this fig tree
I have purchased this fig tree twice. 2016 and I planted in ground. It arrived in good shape with fruits on it! I was able to harvest them in fall, unfortunately it died after winter (zone 5) and nothing came out out of roots (I have been waiting for it all summer 2017) In 2018 I decide to purchase it again(came in great condition again with fruits already on it!) and I planted in pot and for winter I put it to basement. It died again. No idea what to do next. P.S. in 2018 I purchased from FGT,2x bananas trees 1mango tree 1avocado tree all I kept in pots and inside house next to sunny window and all this plants are doing very well. Maybe I should keep fig in house not in basement? but what about chill hours?
We're so sorry to hear that you haven't had much luck with your fig trees! One of our customer care reps is going to reach out privately and give you some tips to make sure your next tree does much better!
No sign of life
It's been a month since I planted this sorry looking branch so called a 'tree', and there's no sign of life. I tried to leave reviews for all other deadly looking branches I received but they didn't let me because I gave one star. They are controlling and hiding all bad reviews. This whole site is a gimmick. Do not order anything from here. I may have to contact some authority.
We're sorry you haven't seen your fig tree leaf out yet! The plant may still be dormant but we're going to reach out to you privately and get this experience turned around!
Good size and shape
Prompt delivery of nice looking trees (two of them). I repotted them and will plant them outside in the spring to give them a year to prepare for next winter. Keeping them in the unheated garage until then giving chill hours but not subjecting them to full harshness of our winter.
maybe it will survive...
It arrived well packed but had elevated brown spots on all leaves. There were ~four young figs. I brought it in when the wind picked up and it is in a sunny all glass room that is kept between 60 and 70 degrees. All but one fig has dropped as has many of the leaves. Hopefully it will survive to be planted outside next Spring.
I received my two Chicago Hardy Fig Trees and they look good! I am going to keep them inside for the winter (I'm in Zone 6) just in case. I will plant them in the spring outside but as soon as I put them in their winter homes they perked up and they looked great! I can't wait to see what the winter holds for them.
Planting & Care
The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree (Ficus carica ‘Chicago Hardy’) is one of the hardiest fig trees, able to withstanding temperatures down to -10 degrees. Not only does it tolerate cold temperatures, but it also does well during the hot summers for USDA growing zones 5-10. This fig tree can reach a mature height and width of 15-30 feet, but can also be potted and pruned to maintain a height as small as 6 feet tall. The tree is lush with large, three-fingered leaves producing a large yield of dark purple fruit that are golf ball sized. Ready for harvesting in late summer and early fall, they are deliciously juicy/sweet when eaten right off the tree or perfect for adding to salads. The figs are also often wrapped in prosciutto and enjoyed as an appetizer.
Planting Location: When deciding where to plant your fig keep in mind that fig trees perform best in full sun. They can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Plant them in an area that doesn’t get hit with harsh winter winds. Fig trees grown in containers should be placed by large sunny windows if kept indoors.
Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Once you’ve selected the perfect planting site, dig a hole that’s three times wider than your tree’s root ball and just as deep.
2) Loosen the soil on the sides of the hole with a shovel or pitchfork. Next, remove any debris like dirt clumps, grass, or rocks from the hole.
3) Position your tree and make sure it’s level with the surrounding ground and standing straight up.
4) Begin to back fill your hole and gently tamp the soil down to eliminate air pockets from forming.
5) After the planting process is complete give your fig tree a slow, deep watering by holding a hose at its base and counting to 20.
6) Mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture and to keep weeds/grasses back.
Planting Directions (potted):
1) For container trees, select a container that’s slightly larger than the root ball (2 sizes larger than the initial container the fig came in works best).
2) Add a mixture of potting soil and organic planting mix to the container before you place your tree in it.
3) Make sure your tree stands straight up in its container and give it a good drink of water until you see water coming out the bottom of the pot. If your pot doesn’t contain drainage holes, you can quickly add some with a small drill.
4) Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering again.
Watering: Fig trees have a fair drought tolerance. Once established they will need a deep watering once every one to two weeks. Feel your soil, if it feels like it’s drying out close to the surface then it’s time to water your tree. Trees kept in containers will often need more water than those planted in the ground. Water your trees more often during times of extreme heat or prolonged droughts.
Fertilization: Usually fig trees don’t require any fertilizing, unless you know that your lawn is lacking in nutrients. If you need to fertilize your trees it’s best to do so in the early spring. Use a slow release, well balanced organic fertilizer, like formula 10-10-10.
Weed Control: Placing a 3 to 4 inch thick layer of mulch around the base of your trees will prevent weeds from growing. It will also regulate the soil temperature, and help the soil retain moisture.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|