Thanks for the info on the Texas Blue Giant Aaron.
Our figs generally died back completely to the ground the first year, and all the new growth was from the roots. But after a few years they now have a solid hardwood base that overwinters just fine and the standing overwintering part is about 4-6 feet depending on the variety, pruning, etc.
If you're planting a small orchard, I would also highly recommend Nanking Cherries. Cherry trees were easy to grow up North around the Lakes, but we had repeated failure with cherry trees in this climate (Zone 7b). So we tried Bush Cherries, specifically Nanking Cherries, and we have way more than we can use. They taste just like pie cherries, and you can eat them fresh, make great cherry sauce, juice, preserves, etc. They are smaller than regular cherries though, so pitting them is more work than it's worth. So we just cook them and run them through a colander to separate out the pits and make pies that taste like great cherry pies but are more like the texture of a lemon pie, smooth with no fruit pieces. They grow great here though, totally pest and disease free, so if you like cherries this is good choice for this climate. If you lived closer I'd say come pick some. They have been getting ripe for about 2 weeks now (they are very early fruiting and provide fruit a decent crop the 2nd year after planting) and I have given up on keeping up with them. That's a good problem to have though. Too much fruit.