Tim Kivi wrote:
Carla Burke wrote: figs are considered tropical, but the Chicago Hardy Fig is so named, because it's even hardy, all the way up there.
Figs are Mediterranean, not tropical. Their natural environment is very dry.
There’s a difference between tropical and sub-tropical. When people say ‘tropical’ they seem to mean sub-tropical. Tropical flora need very high humidity and warm weather year-round. Sub-tropicals prefer humidity and warm weather but can handle cool weather and dry air under the right conditions.
Under the right conditions you might manage grow the following sub-tropicals in a cold snow-free climate:
I’m in a zone 10 Mediterranean climate and find the hardest part of sub-tropicals to be not the temperature but the need for high humidity and their sensitivity to sunburn.
For an Australian equivalent zone you can look at what people go in Victoria and Tasmania.