Chicago Hardy produces large crops of medium to small nearly black to brown or violet, pear shaped to turbinate figs with amber to strawberry flesh with a rich sweet flavor. Very similar to Brown Turkey. The eye is small minimizing spoilage. Chicago Hardy was found growing in the Chicago, Illinois area although it may have originated in Sicily, Italy. It has exceptional cold hardiness and is known to fruit in the same season even if frozen to the ground. Item # 9546.
Fig trees do best where they get at least 8 hours of direct sun per day. Once well established they are fairly drought tolerant but extended dry periods can cause leaf and fruit drop as well as early dormancy. A deep organic mulch will help to alleviate extremes in moisture levels, reduce nematode issues, as well as to reduce competition from weeds.
Grows To: 10'H x 10'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Soil & Moisture: Average moist, well-drained soils. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established.
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Origin: US - Chicago, IL possibly via Sicily, Italy
This plant may be toxic to humans and/or animals, click here for details
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Sap - Skin & Eye Irritant
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Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml