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Description

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.

Characteristics

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

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.

Recommended Pollinators

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Super Hardy Fig which I can leave in the ground throughout the winter here in central New Mexico.
AL F on Apr 26, 2016
I want to try growing a fig tree in a container. From what I hear, this variety will be able to handle the winter where I live
Michael C on Apr 25, 2016
Super Hardy Fig which I can leave in the ground throughout the winter here in central New Mexico.
AL F on Apr 26, 2016
This fig should do well in this zone. I have plum and apricot trees that are very happy in Spokane Valley
LaVaun M on Apr 26, 2016
I want to try growing a fig tree in a container. From what I hear, this variety will be able to handle the winter where I live
Michael C on Apr 25, 2016
cold tolerance
Kathy R on Apr 23, 2016
The only fig tree I can find that can survive in a colder climate (zone 6b for me).
Paul A on Apr 21, 2016
Hardy, Self Pollinating and Works well in a container
Tracey B on Apr 19, 2016
I chose this particular plant because of the hardy quality of it. It is recommended for the growing region that I live in which is within the 5-10 growing region. I had no idea that fig trees we're so hardy to be
able to withstand a colder type winter.
Eric G on Apr 17, 2016
Honestly? Because my southern grandma would make the best fig preserves. I miss her and her canning and this was the only fig that looks like it may survive our zone. And I loved eating raw figs straight off the tree in Uruguay. I'll think of her and Uruguay every time I eat figs.
C and C J on Apr 11, 2016
This was the only fig I found that does well in shady/sunny conditions.
JOANNE B on Apr 6, 2016
I have this variety outside my window at work....delicious!
Amanda C on Apr 3, 2016
Cold weather hearty
Steven D on Apr 3, 2016
Two ordered in 2012 are doing well, wanted two more.
BRUCE G on Mar 29, 2016
Because sounds hardy.
Karoly T on Mar 28, 2016
Want a winter hardy fig.
Deborah R on Mar 22, 2016
Flavor and hardiness in Zone 7B, I'm going to plant the fig tree into the ground into the fall and protect it during the winter with cardboard and tarp.
Cindy R on Mar 11, 2016
Produce fruit on new growth
Karin P on Mar 9, 2016
hardy enough to survive freaky weather swings. Even though I live in 6b, I prefer hardier plants.
Zoe K on Mar 8, 2016
I grew up in CA and love the figs we grew. I didn't know there were any hardy varieties and I am delighted to find this one. I have high hopes and am looking forward to trying it. Thanks!
Kathleen H on Mar 4, 2016
I chose this because of my location which is northeast.
Vito S on Mar 4, 2016
For cold weather fig.
David B on Mar 3, 2016
Doesn't need a pollinator and I live in zone 5.
Kathy J on Feb 28, 2016
Container plant. Drought tolerant.
Donna B on Feb 24, 2016
This fig should do well in this zone. I have plum and apricot trees that are very happy in Spokane Valley
LaVaun M on Apr 26, 2016
cold tolerance
Kathy R on Apr 23, 2016
Which fig tree is best suited for a northern Indiana climate?
Karen on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the Chicago Hardy Fig early last spring. Planted it early spring and it grew to almost 3 times its stem size and had a half dozen delicious figs late summer. I purchased this tree to withstand bad winters in North New Jersey. Winters can be near zero and bad winds. I did not cover the tree last fall because of my illness. Waiting for spring to see if if has survived 10 below and cold winds a couple of weeks ago. Hope for an early spring and lots of good fruit.
can I plant outside in Bedford, ohio ?
rose b on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If temps drop below 0 at all you risk plant dying back to roots or being killed all together. Plants may be mulched in really well and planted so as to receive south sun which may prevent total kill, though top kill is still likely with sustained 0 degree weather. Tree shelters may protect sensitive plants during cold spells. I plant my figs in large containers and winter them in the garage, watering once a month (zone 6a).
Can you keep Chicago hardy fig as a houseplant?
rose b on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought two last year one for my mom and hers harvested about 30 figs last summer that she said were very tasty brought it in for the winter.. we are planting hers in the yard this spring. mine did not do so well in the harvesting department maybe got 3 figs were not eatable.. maybe this year we both brought our fig trees in for the winter I rent my home so it will stay on my porch in a large pot I can let you know how it harvests this year both have not harvested any fruit over the winter. hope that helps you have not had it long enough to advise indoor plant or not.
can this be grown in a large pot on a deck?
Vince on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Vince, I planted two Chicago Hardy bareroot [Stark Bros] last year in 24" wood wiskey barrels and they are doing fine. The young "non-hardy" golden figs died from cold weather the year before in the same barrels despite mt effort to protect them from freezing. Now proven to survive I will be investing the effort to espalier these Hardy's. I was careful to use good shrub grade potting soil and trace element amendments and during the first dormant season I pruned the first growth slightly to train them to the shape I wanted. I removed the small fruit that emerged the first year and will probably do the same the second year. It's a relatively warm March and the buds have begun to swell. Caution: feed lightly until well established and ready to set fruit. I expect that the more confined space for roots will force faster fruiting which might not be desirable when the trees are young. Proper pruning will yield better results. These guys are trees and will get big and wild, even in a pot. The fruit will be worth the effort and should you move you can take them with you.FYI, I am also growing espalier'd apples, peaches & plums in 24" barrels.Bob from Atlanta zone 7.
I am in zone 6B, but we do get at least a few nights of negative 5-10 below 0. Can I plant the chicago hardy fig out in the ground? if so, should I cover with a tarp or other protection in winter? Thanks
Kathleen H on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I live in Bayside NY and also it's zone 6B. I planted Chicago hardy fig from Stark Bro's last year and harvested 5 figs. These figs are small but taste is like sweeter than honey. The stem get twice thicker than first I got. I planted it on the ground at front garden and I didn't do anything to protect from frozen temperature. I just got out to see and I found new buds on the stem. So Chicago hardy fig has a tolerance to cold temperature. I hope it helps you to make a decision.
My Chicago Hardy Fig was delivered at the beginning of April. It is in the house in the same pot until the temperatures warm up here in NH. It has 2 small figs developing at the top along with the leaves. Should I pinch the figs off or let them develop? Thank you.
Karen W on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would let them develop. I got my fig tree last year and they produced three figs. I wasn't sure if they'd be edible or not, but I let them do their thing. When they became dark and slightly soft, we picked them and ate them. They were delicious!
How big of a pot?
mindy on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I was told a pale that you buy at Lowes is just right. I did that. I put mine in a porch with a roof. I wrapped them with insulation. I just took that off. I am still keeping them under the porch till the weather gets better
How big of a container should I start off the 3-4' Chicago Hardy Fig tree?
David C on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you start small and move up to a larger container size as the tree roots fill the current container. For example, you may start out with a 5- or 7-gallon container and move up to a 10-gallon container when the tree’s roots fill the previous container size. Read our full article about growing fig trees in containers here: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/figs-on-wheels
do you have the dwarf variety?
Patrick L on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, we don't have the dwarf size, but many growers have had success keeping this tree smaller with pruning. Unlike most other fruit trees, fig trees typically don’t require routine pruning, but you can prune them to a size that works for your space. Many fig tree growers find that keeping them between 6-8 feet tall is most manageable, especially in a container environment.
Last year I purchased a dwarf hardy chicago fig tree from you. It grew a few figs and leaves. They fell off and I brought it inside and put it in my closet for the winter. This spring I took it out and there was a 3 ft. yellow stem coming out the middle with three tiny leaves on top. Should I trim this back so more branches will grow?
Shirlee B on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Trimming the ends of the branches back will cause more growth to develop from buds that remain. If you like the look and location of this growth, you can trim it some to encourage more growth that will appear during the growing season.
I'm up in New England and I've wanted fig trees for years. I'm wondering about the root size. Is it as wide as the tree gets tall or do the roots go down more than go out?
Dawn P on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots have more of a spreading nature (as opposed to having a deep tap root), so they grow wider than deep.
If I wanted to plant this tree in the ground but still control size to keep it dwarfed, could I plant this tree in a root pouch and then put it in the ground? Or would this be achieved just by pruning?
Maggie on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, when I tried to keep my trees in pots to restrict their mature size, I dug holes and "planted" the pots in the ground. The trees' roots eventually grew through the holes in the pots into the ground. I'm not sure how durable a root pouch is. Root girdling and other harmful problems might arise, so, playing it safe, I would say pruning is the better method at controlling the mature tree size of your fig tree if you plan on planting it in the ground.

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CHicago Hardy Fig
SO FAR SO GOOD, I Think.
I received your shipment in excellent shape. Fine packaging. I planted it, per your instructions. We decided to put it in a whiskey barrel rather than into the ground. This should allow us to move it into winter storage. This was the main reason for selecting this type of fig.
There has been no activity on the trunk all winter. Not very surprising. I scratched a small spot on the upper trunk and it's good and green under the skin. All should be good.
February 23, 2016
Purchased
7 months ago
Plant healthy and growing well
Plants arrived in perfect condition. Got them in the ground in early November and already they've added a twelve inches stem growth despite a chillier than expected winter.
February 25, 2016
Purchased
6 months ago
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