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Chicago Hardy Fig

Potted. Trees ship 1-2' tall in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. SELECT EZ Start® trees ship 3-4' tall in a 4x4x10" pot.


Also called bensonhurst purple fig

Productive and easy to grow. Bears delicious medium-size figs. Exhibits drought-tolerance once established. May die back in colder climates and resume growth in spring. Bears fruit early on new growth. Fruit produced on the older wood will appear in early summer and fruit on new growth will appear in early fall. Ripe fruit has a dark mahogany color. Originates from Sicily. Grows well in containers! Heat-tolerant. Ripens in July through frost. Self-pollinating.


Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Through Frost
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine Grained
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Shipped Size

Trees ship 1-2' tall in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® pot. SELECT EZ Start® trees ship 3-4' tall in a 4x4x10" pot.

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15-30' tall x 15-35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35-40' apart to ensure room for growth.

Pollination Requirements

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow fig trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Gift, I ordered the fig last year and tree did well and produced figs.
PETER E on Feb 1, 2016
Gift, I ordered the fig last year and tree did well and produced figs.
PETER E on Feb 1, 2016
Need cold weather fig
CHARLES w B on Jan 28, 2016
Need cold weather fig
CHARLES w B on Jan 28, 2016
Will this tree survive winter in Omaha, Nebraska? It gets down to 0 degrees F.
Dean P on Jan 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy fig will die back completely during the winter in the colder areas and is rated for Zones 5-10.
Can I keep a fig tree pruned down to 6 feet or so to keep it in a pot and still get fruit?
A shopper on Jan 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have a friend in Fort Atkinson, WI who has had a fig tree growing in an indoor pot for over twenty years. It was taller than 6 feet but they always lopped it off when it hit the ceiling. they get lots of fruit now that their dog has died. He ate them before they got to them.
Do the fig trees produce edible figs?
A shopper on Dec 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely edible fruit. Depending on where you are in the country we moved all our Chicago Hardy trees (30 of them) to an unheated high tunnel. Since the fruit ripens late in the season we were hoping to extend the harvest through November here in KY put two 26 degree killing frosts did them in. The fruit is small but oh so sweet. You will never purchase vine ripened fruit in a grocery setting.
How tall do Chicago hardy fig?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy fig has a mature height of 15-30 feet tall.

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I just love my fig tree. It was covered in figs the first season I had it. Just loaded with delicious figs.
February 2, 2016
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