[NAFEX] pistachios

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Wed Apr 25 22:42:17 EDT 2007


In a message dated 4/20/2007 7:38:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Gtolle0709 at wowway.com writes:

>    For those truly interested in exploring this topic long-term, I'd 
> like to point out that there is a /Pistacia mexicana/ (or /texicana/, if 
> you swing that way) which lives at least as far north as San Antonio in 
> the botanical garden (minimal Winter protection as far as I could tell). 
> The seed is, apparently "inedible" (I can neither confirm nor deny). 
> There may very well be some Winter-hardiness in those genes which could 
> be bred into some hybrids with a european or asian pistachio. Although 
> that technically puts it in 8a or so, I know that they've survived 
> several multi-day hard freezes in the last couple of years. I haven't 
> seen how they've survived but I'm sure the botanists at the botanical 
> gardens could tell you more. Oh, they also have Texas pawpaws and a 
> couple of other trees with potentially interesting genetics.
> 
>                                Geoffrey Tolle           

Hummmm.............Would they work as understock for P. vera? 



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