Chicago Hardy Fig

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

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09581
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.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationFYE-kus KAH-ri-ka
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10 to 15 ft. tall, 9 to 12 ft. wide; smaller when container grown.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Blackberry (Rubus); Grape (Vitis); Fragaria (Strawberry)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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