Member Price: $39.95
Member Price: $39.95
The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree (Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy') is a deciduous fruit tree known for its cold hardiness, making it an excellent choice for gardeners in cooler climates who wish to grow figs. This self-pollinating tree produces sweet, flavorful fruit and features attractive foliage, adding both aesthetic and culinary appeal to the landscape.
The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree is a medium-sized tree that typically reaches a height and spread of 15-20 feet. It is well-suited for USDA hardiness zones 5-10, demonstrating a remarkable ability to withstand colder temperatures compared to other fig varieties. This tree prefers well-drained soil and full sun exposure for optimal growth and fruit production.
With its moderate size, the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree can be grown in a variety of settings, including small gardens, orchards, or even containers. Its cold hardiness and low-maintenance nature make it an appealing option for gardeners who may not have considered growing figs in the past.
The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree showcases attractive, deeply lobed, dark green foliage. These large leaves not only add visual interest to the tree but also provide a lush backdrop for the developing fruit. The foliage adds texture and a tropical feel to the landscape, making the tree a valuable ornamental addition to any garden.
The true star of the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree is its fruit production. This variety typically begins to produce fruit within 1-2 years after planting, with the first crop ripening in late summer or early fall, and a possible second crop ripening later in the season. The fruit itself is small to medium in size, featuring a dark purple or brown skin and a sweet, amber-colored flesh.
The Chicago Hardy Fig is known for its rich, sweet flavor, and is well-suited for fresh eating, drying, or using in a variety of culinary applications, such as preserves and baked goods. Gardeners will appreciate the tree's ability to produce fruit without the need for a pollinator, making it an ideal choice for those with limited space or looking to grow a single tree.
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