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Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'


Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy' is one of the hardiest of all figs with tasty brown to purple fruit. Grow in zones 5 and 6!

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy' is one of the hardiest of all figs with stems hardy to -12 degrees Celsius and roots hardy to -29 degrees Celsius! Grow it in zone 6 or warmer or in zone 5 in a warm microclimate with winter protection and mulching. It will produce fruit on new wood even if knocked back to the ground in winter which is light brown to purplish with sweet, pink flesh ripening in late summer and early fall. Great for fresh eating, preserves, and drying. Also known as 'Bensonhurst Purple', this cultivar is originally from Sicily.

Common Name: Common Fig - [Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Moraceae (The Fig Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 10-15'

Width: 5-8'

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

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