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Hardy Chicago Fig Tree

Possibly one of the most cold hardy figs. Raised by a man in Chicago the story goes that it was protected until one year it was left uncovered. Although it died back to the ground, it came back the next year an produced an abundant crop on the new growth. The small to medium size figs have a wonderful rich flavor.
$59.98
Item #2287.
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USDA ZONES: 5-10 Outdoors, 4-11 Patio
 
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Hardy Chicago Fig Tree is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Ficus Carica 'Hardy Chicago'

Possibly one of the most cold hardy figs. Raised by a man in Chicago the story goes that it was protected until one year it was left uncovered. Although it died back to the ground, it came back the next year an produced an abundant crop on the new growth. The small to medium size figs have a wonderful rich flavor. The purple-to-mahogany fruit ripens in July. Thought to originate in Italy the Hardy Chicago fig is productive and easy to grow, and is also shown to be heat-tolerant as well as producing well in milder climates.

Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Purple to Mahogany
Ripens:
July - September
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water/drought tolerant
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:

15' - 30' height with 15' - 30' spread, but can be maintained smaller with pruning

Years to Bear:
1
Pollination:
Self Pollinating
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to -10° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
5 - 10
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 11
Chill Hours:
300 - 600
Size & Spacing

15' - 30' height with 15' - 30' spread, but can be maintained smaller with pruning

10 to 12 feet on center

Planting & Care

Figs will tolerate any type of soil that is well drained. Figs require 8 hours a day of full sun and long hot summers to produce fruit, The Hardy Chicago is a great selection for cold winter climates. Simply cut back and protect the crown with straw in the winter. They like regular water to get started but will tolerate drought once the tree is established. Water deeply at least once a week the first year. The sap of fig trees can be irritating, wear gloves when pruning the trees or harvesting the fruit if you are sensitive to latex. Figs can easily be trained as espaliers and do well in containers.

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