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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

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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We loved our container fig when we lived in Charleston and realized we should give one a try on our balcony in DC. This looks like a great option, so we are going for it!
Merry R on Oct 12, 2016
I wanted a winter hardy fig to avoid having to shield the tree and root system from north east winter weather. As an aside I just purchased this tree a very short item ago and it has already grown more than ten inches!!!
John S on Sep 6, 2016
We loved our container fig when we lived in Charleston and realized we should give one a try on our balcony in DC. This looks like a great option, so we are going for it!
Merry R on Oct 12, 2016
this tree puts out an abundant crop of figs and is easy to grow
GARY H on Oct 3, 2016
I wanted a winter hardy fig to avoid having to shield the tree and root system from north east winter weather. As an aside I just purchased this tree a very short item ago and it has already grown more than ten inches!!!
John S on Sep 6, 2016
Lots of research. cold hardy, fruit quality
isaac s on Aug 4, 2016
Have other figs in pots..
Wanted to try this one...
Kim W on Jul 29, 2016
I have one of these that is doing very well in our zone and I a buying this one for a friend.
Wayne S on Jul 23, 2016
My husband loves figs. I have noticed some trees in St. Louis. Figures if it worked in Chicago it would work here!
Cynthia L on Jul 6, 2016
I wanted a fig tree that could withstand a cold winter. I plan to grow this in a planter pot and only have room for one, so self pollination will be perfect! I can't wait to have fresh figs as they are difficult to find in the midwest!!!
Jennifer A on Jun 4, 2016
My neighbor recommended them
Pam B on May 20, 2016
self-polinating, cold hardy
Andrea C on May 8, 2016
We had this variety at our previous home and were well pleased with the vitality of the tree and quality of the fruit. We expect a repeat performance.
henry o on May 7, 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 tree puts out an abundant crop of figs and is easy to grow
GARY H on Oct 3, 2016
Lots of research. cold hardy, fruit quality
isaac s on Aug 4, 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.
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.
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: Chicago hardy can be out door all winter long in the East coast and it will grow back in spring in Spring. If you want to keep indoor as a house plant, it will grow all year round. We put our plants in the green house and they bear fruit in February. The ones in ground outdoor will start budding when it's warm.
How do I winterize a fig tree?
Christina D on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've buried the entire plant in leaves as well as the bottom foot of the plant.
In either instance, the plant still froze almost to the soil line. They always grew new tops and bore fruit. I gave up trying to save the tops when I can get delicious figs without all the effort. I've threatened to build a greenhouse over a fig plant but why when we get figs with no heroic efforts?
We'd get more fruit but is it worth the extra work? I think not. I hope this helps.
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.
Do I need to cover the tree in the winter since we are living in zine 5 b?
Linda M on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We are in zone 6 and almost all our several fig trees have died down to the ground line nearly every year. They have mostly resprouted to form small shrubs with very little fruit, no matter what variety we had at the time. I've even tried burying the entire plant in leaves with a structure to keep the leaves in place.No good either. I'm ready to pot both our current figs up and bring them into our heated greenhouse to see if we can get more than 2or 3 ripe figs. The few we've gotten that ripened were worth nearly any effort to produce them. Figs are not for,lazy people but the fruit is the best we've ever grown. No insects or diseases seem to bother them, just cold temperatures. Lots of luck with your figs Enjoy them any you get.
I live in Joplin,Mo ...I Think it Zone 6b..has anyone had any luck in this area?
bud brixey on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bud, I live in Columbia and planted a couple of these last year. They over-wintered but are still pretty small. The new growth comes up from the ground and not from the previous years growth. I have been asking around and the general advice is to: plant them in a protected space with good Southern exposure, tie down the branches and mulch heavily in late Fall, grow in a high tunnel or other protected space. I am going to go with the tie-down and mulch option this year and I might order a couple more and plant them on the South side of the house in an area that can be converted to a mock high-tunnel for the Winter months. My Mom lives in Miami and she claims that there are lots of figs that produce between Miami and Pittsburgh and so I am hopeful.
can I plant my Chicago Hardy Fig in the ground? I am in SE Michigan. Have had it in a pot for two years now, bringing it in in the Winter.
SUSAN F on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Susan. This is Kathy from Omaha, Nebraska. We planted our fig in the
ground last year and it came back fine. A couple of things: 1) it was a little slow to break dormancy this spring, and 2) it dies back to the ground, so it's more like a shrub instead of a tree. Having said that, however, it is extremely vigorous and is at least five feet tall and three feet wide with numerous figs. Hope this helps!
Could I plant this fig (or one of the other varieties) in a large container and winter it in our unheated high tunnel? I am in northeastern Pennsylvania, zone 5b.
Anita A on Aug 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Anita,
You should be able to over-winter your Fig trees in this manner. I have over-wintered my 2 figs in my garage which is un-heated as well and I am also in zone 5b. I initially planted my trees in large (10 gallon ) pots and put them in the coolest area of my garage away from light. The coolest it gets in my garage is about 28-30 degrees. I believe the trees can withstand even cooler temperatures without damage down to 20 degrees or so. My trees have not shown any damage stored this way. I make sure they are completely dormant in the fall before I bring them in. You just need to give them a little water in the winter. I just check the soil for its moisture content and add just enough to satisfy the plants needs. I have even put fresh fallen snow on the surface of the potting soil to melt down into the soil. Make sure to be careful when you put the figs outside in the spring. their buds will swell in the garage in the late spring and the leaves are very delicate and can be damaged if brushed against or the pot dropped suddenly.
Good growing,
Can I plant this in a container?
Girlygold21 on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a container. Last year (its first year), it didn't produce any figs. This year, though, it has quite a few tiny ones already. The fact that it was in a container allowed me to wheel it in the garage for the winter. I brought it outside when leaves started to grow this spring, and I spent a few weeks rolling it in and out every evening & morning since the nights were still so cold. So far so good :).
What is the minimum amount of sunlight this tree can get and still fruit well?
Martin R on Jul 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I worked in a greenhouse in another state. Six hours per day was considered full sun. I've always had my fig trees on the south side of any shade so they were in full sun. This did not prevent them from freezing to the ground, which forced them to fruit on the current growth. of course I'm always pushing the envelope regarding growing zones, but we've had small crops of wonderful tasting figs nearly every year. I hope this helps.
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
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.
From what part of the branch do Hardy Figd originate?
Shirley G on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Shirley,
Just like in the picture, the figs are at the top of the branches, and are usually covered by the big leaves. Mine is in its second year, and the leaves have formed a beautiful canopy to prevent the fruit from scorch.
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!
I would like to purchase a chicagohardy fig tree for a large ( 2' x 2' x 2' ) square container - in my back yard in Philadelphia PA - would this be a suitable tree for this environment? I will not be able to bring it inside in the winter - so can i cover it with something ? thanks
MaryAnn K on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it'll do very well. I live in NJ and it's growing nicely. We do cover it for the winter after we trim it down..good luck!
Can i plant this outside in Fitchburg,mass?
J costa on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. This is a remarkable fig variety that is quite cold-hardy and will do fine in your zone, which is 6A.
found 3 figs in my tree bought in June 2015 but inside is white and not sweet or any flavor?
Cecilia R on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Your fruits are not ripe if white inside. When ready a fig's inside is red to brownish red. and should be some what juicy, not dry.
Is your chicago hardy figs grafted or they don't need grafting?
Mohammad F on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Since Stark Bro's fig trees are grown from rooted cuttings, they are on their own roots ??? not grafted.
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:
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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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
1 year ago
CHicago Hardy Fig
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
1 year ago
Love figs so I got a tree to grow my own. Got 10 from the tree my first summer. Anxiously waiting to see how many I get this year!
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
I purchased this fig tree last year and potted it up. I kept it in the garage through the winter and before our weather was warm enough for it to go out, I had buds on it. I purchased one for a friend and he planted his in the ground last year and had figs! His survived the winter just fine. Mine is in the ground this year and is growing like crazy....very healthy! Excited to see what happens.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
awesome fig trees
Ordered two for the yard in nw Illinois ,zone 5. They came in pretty much as to be expected as sticks . After spring planting and weekly watering they budded out,made a few branches ....AND ..midway thru summer they blossomed and then gave us 4 figs!!!! I had 3 and I think a squirrel had the other. Not bad for less than a year growth.
Buried them over winter,uncovered them in April and now they both are leafing out already. Can't wait to see what we get this year!
Thanks Starks,you've never let me down!
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Great fig plant
The fig was planted in the fall of 2014 and kept under cover in the garage during the winter. In the fall of 2015 the plant produced a total of 22 delectable figs. This year, 2016, the plant has terrific branch growth with many leaves, which in turn will produce many more figs in the fall. The only problem I have is that the plant has grown taller than the height of my garage door which is about nine feet. I have a question for you. If I prune the tree by cutting the new top branches, will the old branches sprout new branches? This would be done so that the tree can be rolled into the garage over winter.

I would appreciate a response to my question. Thank you.
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
So pleased!
As soon as I received my tree, I planted it in a half-barrel. The only problem with it was that it was taller than I expected. I was told I could shorten it, which I did. That caused it to branch out very nicely. It set fruit fairly late in the season, several of which ripened, but the rest remained on the tree when I brought it into the garage for the winter. This Spring I roll it in and out of the garage as the weather permits and it is growing with huge leaves and the fruit left on in the Fall is maturing beautifully. I also see buds that will be this year's fruit. I am so proud of this tree and it is great fun to watch. Besides the fruit is absolutely delicious.
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
Chicago Hardy Fig
I planted two figs outside the year before last. They are slow to bud Spring 2015, but once they leafed, they were nice bushes. Last year they were loaded with figs but due to the late bloom and odd weather during the growing season only about 1/3 matured. The ones we ate were delicious. They are just starting to bud this year. Dayton, OH
May 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Chicago Hardy Fig
It is growing well. It is doing better directly in the ground versus in a pot.
May 6, 2016
1 year ago
Year later, still healthy
Living in Michigan help decide on this tree due to bitter winters. Lost a couple of branches but that may be due to the winterizing process. Overall, no complaints ??
June 27, 2016
1 year ago
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