[NAFEX] Zone 6 & Asian persimmon - lowest minimum temperature survived? Cultivar?

Robert Bruns r.fred.bruns at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 16:09:42 EST 2011

I had a Yamagaki that survived for eight years in central Indiana, zone 5b.
Temperatures got down to -10 or below during that period.  Yamagaki is a
male used for pollination, but it also sets some fruit.  The name means
"mountain persimmon", so it may come from a cold environment.  I got my
plant from Edible Landscaping, but they don't carry it anymore.  I moved
recenty and bought the last plant they had.

My impression is that winter survival depends on whether the plant goes
completely dormant before the weather gets really cold.  Other varieries
such as Saijo, Hira-Tanenashi, and Great Wall didn't survive for me.


On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Scott Smith <scott at cs.jhu.edu> wrote:

> I have been growing kakis for 8 years in 6b/7a Maryland and the lowest they
> took has been -2F.  I have not had any problem with spring freezes, just the
> standard lack of hardiness which I observe by the amount of dieback in the
> spring.  Spring freezes seem to be more a problem further inland and are not
> as big an issue in MD and NJ.  The worst year I had was two years ago when
> my Hachiya nearly died, it lost 2/3 of its branches.  That year was not the
> year of the coldest temperature, I think +2F was the coldest it got that
> winter, but the overall amount of cold and wind was apparently worse.
> Hachiya is not very hardy and it probably should have died by now.  So Steve
> I'm not exactly answering your question but I don't think spring freezes are
> our main problem, its just severity of the cold and wind.  I have found all
> of my varieties completely hardy except Hachiya so I don't have much to add
> on varieties.  I have half a dozen of the Wye varieties since they are known
> hardy on
>  the eastern shore of Maryland.  One fruited this year, Aizu Michirazu, and
> I was impressed with the flavor.
> Scott
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