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Fig in fruit

This specimen of Ficus carica ‘Chicago Hardy’ was planted as a young rooted cutting, not more than six inches in length, and was given no winter protection whatsoever. (Figs prefer a Mediterranean climate, and are not reliably hardy even in our Zone 7 gardens here at The Cloisters.) We used to wrap our figs to protect them from severe frosts, but this tree has attained its present height and width in just three years without protection, and will now be pruned to keep it within bounds. The young tree bore a heavy crop of figs for the first time this year.

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