Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Cold Hardy Fig - Can grow in very cold climates! 

  • High fruit yields
  • Plump, delicious figs
  • Withstands colder climates down to zone 5!
  • Enjoy Fruit July through frost.
  • Super sweet figs :)

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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Dying to have your own fig tree, but you have been told time and time again it's too cold where you live? The Chicago Hardy Fig is cold hardy even into a growing zone 5!

You'll get to sample the plump and tasty figs in your tree's very first season. Even a young plant can produce a small crop for you to show off! The figs are medium in size, but big in taste! They are sweet and delicious.

Chicago Hardy figs are a beautiful deep purple that looks gorgeous against the deep green of the 3 lobed leaves  Not only does this tree provide fruit, it is an attractive specimen tree for your yard. Its mature height and width is 15-30 feet.  This fig can tolerate severe pruning.  It can be grown in a container and maintained at a height of approximately 6 feet.

This Fig tree is low maintenance and disease and pest resistant.  The Chicago Hardy Fig thrives in full sun and can tolerate a variety of soils as long as they are well drained.  Cold, drought and heat tolerant, the Chicago Hardy Fig tree can grow in most states!  You will only need one fig tree to harvest tons of fruit; the Chicago Hardy Fig is self-pollinating.

Grow your very own figs with the Chicago Hardy Fig tree!  We have a limited supply so order yours today!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 20-30 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Yellow
Botanical Name Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

How To Care for your new Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

When planting your Chicago Hardy Fig tree be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  This variety can be planted from growing zones 5 to 10.  If you are in a cooler zone like 5, summer is great time to plant.  In warm growing zones like 9 and 10, feel free to safely plant your new fig in winter.

Fig trees thrive in full sun and are adaptable to a variety of soils as long as they are well-draining.  Water deeply when planting and twice weekly for 3 months while your tree is establishing.   After the establishment period, in most areas you will only need to water during dry spells.  However, if you are in an extremely dry and/or hot climate, you may need to water a couple times per month in summer throughout your Fig tree's life.  If you see wilting leaves, your Fig tree needs more water.  Adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch is highly recommended for Fig trees.  Mulching protects those shallow roots from drying out.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Fertilize in spring to give your tree a boost.  Choose a slow release, balanced fertilizer like the one we carry to feed your fig.  Once established if your tree is growing and fruiting well, there is no need to fertilize.  Figs trees grown in containers will need fertilized 3 or 4 times per year as nutrients leech out of the pot when you water.  Prune your Fig in late winter to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches and to maintain size.

The Chicago Hardy Fig is pest and disease resistant.

Harvesting Tip:  Do not harvest your figs until they are ripe indicated by a rich purple/brown hue and a fruit that has some give.  Once picked, figs stop ripening.


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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*Except States CA, OR, WA, NV, ID, UT, MO, CO, WY, NM and orders under $59.99 are $19.99 for shipping.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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beautiful fig tree
It arrived much larger than I expected. It also came with a bunch of budding figs all over it. So far the tree is very happy in my yard, and I am looking forward to lots of figs this fall! I am so pleased with this purchase!
August 9, 2016
9 months ago
Arrived in perfect condition
Other than needing a little water the tree arrived in pristine condition. Seems to have transplanted well. More once spring arrives 2017
August 13, 2016
9 months ago
Absolutely exquisite!
I can't tell you how pleased I was with the quality and size of my Chicago Hardy Fig Tree. I was so happy to see her that I cried tears of joy. I had a fig tree in Texas a number of years ago and miss its productive yield of figs.

She'll be planted in a circular cut-out of my new lower deck, where I can see her from several different advantage points. I also plan on harvesting not only her fruit; but her leaves for my handmade leaf, ceramic tiles. A true beauty.
September 8, 2016
8 months ago
Love it
Beautiful healthy tree, arrived today. Very happy withe purchase.
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I want a fig tree that can survive in Chicago
Taha M on May 17, 2017
I would love to have a fig tree in Ohio and want some shade for hostas.
Jimmy D on May 15, 2017
I want a fig tree that can survive in Chicago
Taha M on May 17, 2017
Like eating this fruit and it has great review!
Firas A on May 15, 2017
I would love to have a fig tree in Ohio and want some shade for hostas.
Jimmy D on May 15, 2017
It's hardy, fast growing and it produces lots of fruits.
Nada A on May 5, 2017
I wanted a fig that was more cold hardy for Northern Virginia
Edwin U on Dec 17, 2016
I love fresh figs which are nearly impossible to find in Western Ohio! The Planting Tree offered the most product information, planting requirements and variety. This just might be the beginning of a beautiful Relationship!
Brie R on Aug 23, 2016
Only place that seemed to have nice looking fig plants
HAZEL G on Aug 19, 2016
Like eating this fruit and it has great review!
Firas A on May 15, 2017
It's hardy, fast growing and it produces lots of fruits.
Nada A on May 5, 2017
When should I plant in my area (9)?
Eleanor E on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Right now would be a fantastic time to plant in your area
Can I plant it out door?
A shopper on Jan 7, 2017
What size container will I need?
Brie R on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These trees can get pretty huge so you want a large container. When container growing it is ideal to start out no bigger than twice the size of the current container and then go up as the plant requires. This isn't always an ideal option for people though so if you go big just monitor the soil around the plant for appropriate moisture.

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