Fresh figs are a treat, especially if you eat them right off the tree. However, most varieties are only hardy to USDA zone 8 (although the roots of some varieties are hardy to USDA zone 6). In warm climates the trees can get very large. Now there's a new fig variety for gardeners in cold climates and for those who want to grow figs in small pots on a deck, patio, or even indoors.
'Petite Negra' fig (Ficus carica) grows only 2 to 3 feet tall, but produces two crops a year of plump, black, juicy fig fruits one year after planting. It's self-pollinating so you only need one plant to get a crop. Because of its diminutive size, this variety grows well in small containers on a patio during the summer. In cold regions, just bring it indoors to a sunny window in fall. It will stay green all winter as an indoor houseplant. Move it back outside in spring after danger of frost has passed. In USDA zone 8 and warmer areas it can be planted in the ground as a dwarf, edible, ornamental shrub.
For more information on the 'Petite Negra' fig, go to: Logees Greenhouses