Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Product Description

*Spring 2021 Pre-Order Only – Ships in Late March/Early April Once Available*

This Chicago Hardy Fig Tree is the package deal when it comes to fruiting fig trees!

The Ficus carica tree aka common fig is self-pollinating, meaning you only need one tree to have fresh fig production. The Chicago fig tree has a high yield of deliciously, sweet edible fruit that ripens in late summer or early fall depending on your location. The ripe fruit is medium-sized figs with dark mahogany color on the outside and deep purple inside, the same as Brown Turkey.

The lobed leaves have an oblong shape compared to other fig tree leaves. They will die back in winter and this is totally normal. Once the weather warms up, the green leaves will flush out and resume growth in spring.

They are easy to grow cold-hardy fruit trees and can produce over 100 pints of fig fruit during the growing season. The delicious figs are perfect eaten fresh, used in jams or jellies, or dehydrated for later use. Bears fruit in the first year of tree planting.

Chicago Fig Tree Care

Chicago Hardy Fig care consists of growing your plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-draining soil. Keep well watered the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. The Chicago Cold Hardy Fig tree is drought tolerant once established.

Grow this deciduous fig tree across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 5-10. It is cold hardy down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit and the roots are hardy down to even colder winters. An excellent choice for colder climates.

This fast-growing tree can grow up to 10-15 feet tall and 9-12 feet wide when planted in the ground. The Chicago fig grows well in containers as long as it is in full sun and in a pot with a drainage hole. Add loamy potting soil to your container and feed annually with a slow-release fertilizer. The perfect small tree for your patio!

Check out our other popular fig varieties!

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Visit our Fig Grow Guide and check out our Growing Fruit Trees in Containers Blog.

Botanical Name

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 10-15
Mature Width 9-12
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Low maintenance
  • Self pollinating
  • Cold hardy
  • Small tree

Shipping Info

Once your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Based on 8 reviews
  1. Noah Spicer

    The Chicago fig tree is planted and growing nicely! It has been in the ground for 2 months and I have already seen new leaves pop out and looks like little baby figs are coming. Thanks Perfect Plants

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      You are very welcome Noah! Your new fig tree will keep growing bigger and have more and more fruit each year! Enjoy!

  2. Sage Turner

    This is the perfect fig tree for me. I have it on my home patio in Chicago and will be bringing indoors this winter.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Sage, yes definitely bring indoors for winter once you have some hard freezes. Will help the tree survive!

  3. Haley

    Chicago fig tree had wilted leaves but it quickly bounced back

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Haley, we are glad your chicago hardy fig plant bounced back! They are tough little guys and it is a frequent and semi normal thing for their leaves to wilt in a hot box. Especially when traveling so far! Continue to water the tree every day until you see signs of establishing!

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    It just start to produce some life

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Grow Chicago Figs grow!

  5. Mike M. (verified owner)

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    Plants arrived in perfect condition. The way they package plants they are meant to arrive undamaged. These guys are my favorite go to nursery.😊
    I love their service and selection!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Mike, thank you for your review of the Chicago Hardy Fig tree. We are so pleased your new fig tree arrived safe and sound. Thanks for being a great customer and enjoy your new plants :)

  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Beautiful tree that is already starting to take to its new habitat out here in Oregon. The tree arrived packed with much care and was as big as advertised. Thank you! We are excited for fresh figs soon.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi there, thank you for your review on the Chicago Hardy fig tree. We hope it provides you with delicious figs for many years to come!

  7. brad (verified owner)

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    Plant was as described, packaged wel, in great shape. Good instructions.

    I’d buy again 100%

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  8. Carl H. (verified owner)

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    I received a notice from the seller the plant was being shipped. Then when I went to track my package I saw the shipment was cancelled although I was never notified by the seller themselves. When I asked the seller, I’m told it will be a few weeks. Here I sit and wait.

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