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Ficus carica Chicago Hardy (Pittsburgh Bot. Garden)

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

Fig

'Chicago Hardy' Fig has proven to be reliable as far north as Chicago with some protection, so it is an excellent choice for the Mid-Atlantic area.  It is thought to be originally named 'Bensonhurst Purple', and the fruit is sweet and green with a light brownish-purple blush.  Without any protection it will periodically die to the ground but will come back reliably.  With winter protection, you get fruit production much earlier in the summer.  The foliage is large, dramatic and subtly fragrant.

Height

8 Feet

Spread

5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone

6
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Fragrant - Foliage
Fruit - Edible
Soil Conditions
Average
Exposure
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Food Source for Wildlife
Foliage Color
Green