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  • From: Louis Pittman <>
  • To: Devin Smith <>, mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Pakistan mulberry
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 05:46:04 -0500

Had Pakistan here in z 6 KY - about 70 mi NW of Nashville TN. Knew it was
'iffy' when I planted it - and followed AJ Bullard's recommendation to
plant it with graft union below grade - so that when (not if) it froze
back, it would be able to resprout.
It did... for 3 consecutive winters. Would vigorously regrow to 8-10 ft...
but kill back to the ground - and those winters were pretty mild, compared
to the two just past.
I never got any fruit... though one year, it was defoliated by a freak
early frost, re-leafed and bloomed - and the fruits were the size/length
you'd expect of Pakistan - but was unable to ripen them before real winter
Finally pulled it out.

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville, KY

On Sun, May 31, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Devin Smith via nafex <> wrote:

> I have been thinking about trialing Pakistan mulberry here in Vermont. I
> understand that it is a real long shot, but given the fact that much of the
> limitation seems to revolve around 'low chill' requirment, it might just
> work. Hardiness-wise, I understand Atlanta area saw sub-zero temps. for a
> couple of nights this past winter. Did those of you in the south who are
> growing Pakistan experience severe dieback this winter? I'm thinking that
> our winter weather is consistent enough that the trees would stay dormant,
> and then I could 1. grow them on the own roots so they can resprout if need
> be and 2. plant in a protected spot with some extra protection as people do
> with figs. They sure are delicious, so I think its worth a shot.
> I also noticed perusing the GRIN database that several other similar
> selections are available, listed as Morus macroura or 'himalayan mulberry.'
> One in particular DMOR 9 looks similar to 'pakistan', though a bit
> scrawnier, and the description seems to suggest zone 5 hardiness, though on
> second look I noticed this is merely a snippet from a seed savers exchange
> write-up about the species. Anyone know anything about hardy higher-chill
> macroura selections that might be a good stand in for
> 'pakistan'?
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