Olympian Hardy Fig Tree
The Olympian Hardy Fig Tree produces two crops of very large green and purple striped fruit with sweet, violet flesh that is excellent for fresh eating, canning or drying. It is an incredibly cold hardy fig, reportedly down to zone 6, and reliably produces two crops, even in cool coastal conditions. “Rediscovered” by retired biologist Denny McGaughy in the town of Olympia, Washington. Olympian is incredibly cold tolerant, reportedly surviving down to zero degrees Fahrenheit, and growing back from the roots at colder temperatures. It is the most reliable producer of two large crops here in the often cool and mild Pacific Northwest, with its breba crop overwintering into the teens.
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: The Olympian Hardy Fig Tree does 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: 4-8 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