Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
Chicago Hardy Fig is one of the most prolific figs to grow in cold areas of the northern U.S.. The fall fruits are born on the new canes that grow during the summer, a plant with four new stem growths can produce up to 150 purplish brown figs. The figs are of excellent flavor. Often referred to as a Mt. Etna type fig, Chicago Hardy has become one of the most reliable varieties for cold climate growers.
A gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. One of the easiest fruits to grow, figs are happy outdoors in the Maritime Northwest and, with winter protection, in pots or in the ground in colder climates. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their most tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. While many fig varieties are not suitable for the Northwest, our varieties have been chosen for their ability to ripen at least one good crop in our climate. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them!!
Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Chicago Hardy will do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season. Cold injury can be reduced by choosing sites without direct sunlight early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height
Ripening Time: July and September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not heavily cultivated in the United States at this time, so pests have not yet become an issue in this crop.
USDA Zone: 6-10