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A closeup of the lime green (unripe) and purplish (ripe) fruits of the Chicago Hardy Fig
A single five pointed, dark green leaf of the Chicago Hardy Fig on a white background
A closeup of the lime green (unripe) and purplish (ripe) fruits of the Chicago Hardy Fig
A single five pointed, dark green leaf of the Chicago Hardy Fig on a white background

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-10
  • Mature Height: 10-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 9-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart



  • Purple to black skinned fruit with a strawberry pink flesh ripen in late summer through fall
  • Dark green, funky-shaped leaves turn a bright yellow in fall
  • Self-pollinating variety; only one is needed to produce fruit
  • Chicago Hardy has proven to be one of the cold hardiest varieties available
  • In warmer climates, you can expect two harvests: one in early summer and one in fall
  • Excellent in patio containers
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    Chicago Hardy Fig

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

    Regular price Sale price $75.60 Regular Price

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    Why the Chicago Hardy Fig?

    Sweet, juicy figs. They’re so soft and perishable, you almost never see them at the grocery store. You pretty much have to grow your own tree to be able to have your fill of these decadent morsels. But don’t Fig Trees only grow in warm climates? Not anymore! With the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree, even if you live in the North, you can know the pleasure of having delectable sun-ripened figs right outside your door. Let them mature to perfection, and they’ll develop a mouth-watering honey-sweetness. With fiber and a nice assortment of vitamins and minerals in every bite, this is all-natural snacking you can feel good about, too!

    Native to the Middle East, western Asia, and southern Europe, Fig Trees have a long history in western civilization. According to archaeological remains found in the Middle East, figs were most likely our first agricultural crop, farmed even before wheat and barley. There is some controversy over the true origins of the Chicago Hardy Fig, but the most popular story attributes its introduction to a grower named Fred Born. Around 1984, Born was asked to do a magazine article on overwintering Fig Trees, and a reporter tipped him off to a large Fig Tree growing on Chicago’s South Side. Born visited the tree, got permission from the owner to take a couple of cuttings, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    How to use in the landscape?

    Your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will turn you into a fig fanatic. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy figs! You can add them to bars and smoothies, make elegant tarts with them, punch up salads with them, even throw them on a pizza. Figs make classy hors d’oeuvres when stuffed with blue cheese, honey, and walnuts, and fig jam is a wonderful way to relive fig season when there are no more fresh fruits to satisfy your craving.

    Why Bower & Branch?

    At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

    - Trusted, Experienced Growers

    - Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

    - Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

    We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    Growth Facts

      Hardiness Zone: 6-10

      Mature Height: 10-15' tall

      Mature Width: 9-12' wide

      Exposure: Full Sun

      Spacing: 10-15' apart

    How To Plant

    Grow your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree in full sun. A site in front of a south-facing wall will provide additional warmth in northern climates, giving you more fruit. Well-drained soil is a must, and your tree will be relatively drought tolerant once it is established. In very cold climates, you may choose to wrap your tree in the winter with fiberglass insulation or build a chicken wire cage around it, filling it with mulch or dry leaves. Figs also grow happily in pots and can spend the winter in an unheated garage. They do require a cold period in dormancy, so don’t put it in a heated room or greenhouse.

    How To Water

    Fig Trees will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    If needed, pruning on your Fig should be done during winter, when it is dormant.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 6-10


    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

    Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

    We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

    *Big trees, Size A and larger, will take approximately 14 – 28 days to be delivered. - Size AA &AAA will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier.

    How Does Sizing Work?

    The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

    Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

    All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

    See the size guides below.

    How Trees are Shipped
    Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

    Our Guarantees


    Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


    Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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    - Phone: 866-873-3888

    - Or via Online Chat


    Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes A and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

    If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

    * Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

    At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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