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Chicago Cold Hardy Fig Tree
'Chicago Cold Hardy' is the most cold hardy fig on earth - hardy in USDA Zones 5 thru 10! Chicago Cold Hardy is self-pollinating and exceptionally easy to grow. More details below!!

Chicago Cold Hardy Fig Tree

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Chicago Cold Hardy Fig Tree
Ficus carica 'Chicago Cold Hardy'


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5-10b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  100  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinator: None required



Special Attributes

'Chicago Cold Hardy' is the most cold hardy fig on earth - hardy in USDA Zones 5 thru 10! Chicago Cold Hardy is self-pollinating and exceptionally easy to grow. The plant produces high-yields of delicious, medium size fruit, and is heat and drought tolerant when established. In colder climates the plant will die back and resume growth in spring. The sweet, purple fruits ripen and are ready to harvest in mid summer and continue through late fall. If you've tried other figs unsuccessfully the Chicago Hardy might just be the one you'll have success with!

NOTE: In USDA Zone 5 it would be a good idea to provide some winter protection for your Chicago Cold Hardy Fig Tree. A heavy layer of mulch will help protect the roots during winter. Planting your tree on the east side of a home, or where it will be sheltered from north and western winds, will also help to provide protection during the cool season.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Interested in edible landscaping? What could be more enjoyable and rewarding than installing a landscape you can eat? Fig trees are a fine specimens for use in the edible landscape. Their large and bold leaves provide a tropical effect in the landscape and you'll be rewarded with loads of delicious figs!




Cultural Preferences

Fig trees will grow reasonably well in most soil types. They produce the best fruit in moderately to slightly acidic, moist but well-drained fertile soil that is rich in organic matter. In soil with low fertility it'll be worth your time to mix in some organic compost to the native soil. They like the soil to hold a good supply of water, especially when the fruits are developing in summer, but not so much water that the soil stays constantly soggy or wet, which can be problematic. The best and most fruits will are produced when trees are growing in full sun. However, fig trees that receive a little shade during the hottest part of summer days will still produce good crops.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for fig trees.








Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Fruit Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  15-20'
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Rounded, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Green, insignificant
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fruit Color:  Purplish-brown
Fruit Size:  Medium - bell-shaped
Fruit Taste: Very sweet, excellent flavor!
Soluble Sugar:  11-12%
Ripening Period:  Summer, a second fall crop in warmer climates
Sun Needs:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt, Sand
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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