[NAFEX] Hovenia dulcis (Japanese raisin tree) - anyone have a good tasting specimen?
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Tue Oct 18 19:41:25 EDT 2011
I've tasted the fleshy rachis of an apparently self-fertile Japanese raisin tree (Hovenia dulcis); it seems to be the only raisin tree around and produces many seedlings. The problem with this specimen (from which I have my seedling) is that the rachis are highly astringent. Anyone have a great tasting specimen - one which looses its astringency? Or maybe I just needed to let it dry out - perhaps I should graft the mother tree to my seedling if there's nothing wrong with the astringency issue after all, since it is a self-fertile female.
Also, I planted a flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) just 10' away. Do you think that I can get the raisin tree to tower over the dogwood as an over-story; if I did, that would require me to force the raisin tree to a height of around 50', due to light-competition. Most cultivated raisin trees only get to around 35' high. I think that the dogwood would be over-come by the raisin tree. Any experience with the growth tendencies of raisin tree re: competition and height?
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