Common Fig, Edible Fig, Higo 'Chicago Hardy'

Ficus carica

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ficus (FY-kus) (Info)
Species: carica (KAIR-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chicago Hardy


Edible Fruits and Nuts

Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Foliage Color:

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Where to Grow:

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Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By air layering

By tip layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Marathon, Florida

Washington, Illinois

Winthrop, Massachusetts

Aurora, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Clayton, New Jersey

Whiting, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Efland, North Carolina

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Richfield, Ohio

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 26, 2018, jackjrabbit from Blackwood, NJ wrote:

Killed to the ground in 7B like most figs are. However it has recovered remarkably slow compared to other figs listed as being less hardy.


On Sep 24, 2017, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

It grows well in my zone 7b zone. Love the juicy delicious fruits!


On Jun 8, 2013, u2dan from Winthrop, MA wrote:

I live in Winthrop, Massachusetts, which is right next to Boston. We are a coastal town, I believe in zone 6ish.

The first year I had my chicago fig, I planted it in the ground and let it do its thing. Around late october, I pruned it as it was just one stick, wrapped it in burlap stuffed with leaves and put a container over it. It was about a foot high at this point. Come spring, it bloomed with leaves and new branches!

I decided to dig it up last summer and keep it in a pot. It did its usual leaf dropping in the fall, and sat in my house without leaves for the winter. It did start producing leaves much earlier though, probably in early March. When I put it outside when the weather stayed warmer, it kinda looked like it was dying, the leaves got brown and so... read more


On May 14, 2012, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have two plants. The first year I brought them into the garage and overwintered them there -- Zone 7A in NJ.

The second year I left the pots out on the south-facing sidewalk without protection -- they are, after all, "Chicago HARDY"!

Each way worked and I got a small fruit yield.

These are the dwarf variety.

I now live in Pikesville MD -- same zone, but warmer and with red clay soil... -- and have put them into the ground here. They had spent up until late April in their pots. One is by the front fence where it will get morning sun. The other is in the center of the yard, beneath some high shade.

I'll keep you updated....


On Aug 23, 2007, BrooklynJon from Brooklyn, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted it in the ground last summer in Brooklyn (z6b-7a). Wrapped twice around with burlap, then put a plastic bag over the top (updating the more traditional bucket). It survived the winter nicely (T min=12 degrees) and is flourishing this summer. I haven't seen any figs on it yet, so I can't comment on them.