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Chicago Hardy Fig

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

Pronunciation: FYE-kus KAH-ri-ka
SKU #09581
6-10

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OVERVIEW
Description This attractive garden tree produces wonderfully sweet, light purplish brown figs with pink flesh that ripen in late summer. One of the hardiest of its kind, Chicago Hardy endures colder zone 6 winters, providing an interesting winter silhouette. Will often tolerate zone 5 temperatures if given a sheltered location and root protection. Deciduous.
Light Full sun
Watering Water deeply when soil is dry.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.
Mature Size Reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 9 to 12 ft. wide; smaller when container grown.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Easy Care, Showy Fruit, Edible, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
STYLE
Landscape Use Container, Espalier
Design Ideas This attractive small tree is well-suited for small city gardens where space is limited. Makes a superb accent tree; keep away from pavement so fallen fruit won't cause staining. Provides a handsome leafy background when allowed to grow as a large shrub.
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Blackberry (Rubus); Grape (Vitis); Fragaria (Strawberry)
CARE
Care Prefers enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; requires less water in fall and winter, more in growing season. Container plantings need additional winter protection in colder zones, or overwinter indoors. Feed lightly in spring. Prune for structure in late winter.
HISTORY
Lore The fig was one of the first plants ever to be cultivated by humans. Fossilized figs dating to 9400-9200 BC were found in an early Neolithic village in the Jordan Valley.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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