Fig (Chicago Hardy)
Size: 1 gallon pot
Light: Full Sun
Type: Flowering Shrub
Grow in a container for best hardiness
Photo by Brighter Blooms
The Chicago Hardy Fig tree is known for being especially cold hardy and producing small, brown to purple colored figs. The inside of the fruit is colored a lovely shade that looks like strawberry jam.
This plant is also known as the Bensonhurst Purple fig or the Hardy Chicago. It is productive and easy to grow, exhibiting drought-tolerance once established.
The Chicago Hardy may die back in colder climates and resume growth in the spring. It bears fruit early on the new growth. Figs that grow on the older wood will appear in early summer.
This plant is heat tolerant and self-pollinating, meaning that it does not need to be planted near another variety of fig to produce fruit.
This is the perfect plant to accent your patio—with the bonus of fresh figs! The cheerful foliage has attractive broad leaves, and the figs grow green until ripening into darker fruit. When planting in containers, the fig can be brought indoors during the winter months. (Source: Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.)