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‘Chicago Hardy’

Fig

Ficus carica

'Chicago Hardy'

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  • Edible
  • Unique foliage
  • Very vigorous
Description

A hardy edible fig! 'Chicago Hardy' is one of the most cold-resistant figs on the market. Though it may die back to the ground in the colder ends of its range, it resprouts from the roots and will still bear sweet edible figs in autumn. Can grow in warmer parts of USDA zone 5 in protected sites; it should be mulched well in these areas for best results.

USDA Zone 6 - 10 (-10°F/-23°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 10 - 20'

Width 12 - 22'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color Green

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 4"

Soil Requires well-drained soil; tolerant of dry conditions.

Pruning Pruning not required in cold climates except to remove any winter damaged wood if present. In warm climates, plants can be thinned in early spring, as new growth begins to emerge.

Uses Edible gardens; specimen; shrub borders; herb gardens.

Growing Tips Site in a protected area and mulch well in colder areas. Loves sunny, dry conditions. Plants can also be grown in pots and stored on the dry side over winter. Figs are ready to harvest when they are soft and sweet.