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Cold Hardy Fruit Trees

Chicago Hardy Fig
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USDA Zones 5-10

Fig tree cuttings from a native, Illinois fruit grower were sent to an marketer of fig trees who began selling them in 1979 as a 'Chicago Hardy Fig' later selling them online. This fig tree, grown in a sheltered Illinois garden survived very cold winters in Chicago, and produced very sweet, dark figs colored chocolate-purple. The Chicago fig tree is tolerant of drought, cold and thrives in almost any soil pH profile. 6 foot trees often bear a few Chicago figs during the first year of planting.
Tennessee Mountain Fig
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USDA Zones 5-11

During the conclusion of WWII, in the fall of 1945, Research Scientist, Dr. Silas Harmon of the Georgia Coastal Plains Experimental Station in Tifton, Ga. discovered a cold hardy fig tree growing in the mountainous woods near Nashville, Tn. that had survived ice and snow temperatures of minus -10 degrees F. TyTy Nursery purchased exclusive rights to grow and sell this fig tree in the 1960's naming it: 'Tennessee Mountain Fig' which has been distributed nationwide, surviving even N.Y, winters.
Breda Giant Medlar - (Mespilus germanica)
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USDA Zones 4-9

The medlar fruit is unique in many respects including its shape, ripe fruit color of chocolate, its mixture of exotic flavors and the extreme cold hardy tree character that makes it possible to grow in every State of the U.S. New cultivars of medlar have been introduced from Europe and the Mid-East that offer distinct differences for favorably growing in most fruit orchards. The Medlar is perhaps the most under-appreciated fruit tree that has been imported from abroad during the past century.
Superberry Black Mulberry
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USDA Zones 3-9

The Superberry mulberry is a special heavy bearing tree that develops very sweet mulberries that have an excellent depth of flavor and a distinctive pleasant fragrance. The black berries grow in numerous clusters usually forming before leaf development making harvesting them much simpler. The huge leaves shade the berries heavily and keep the berries cool during the summer. The Superberry mulberry tree is very cold hardy and easily survives in winters of the North and is very drought tolerant.
Nikita's Gift Russian Persimmon - (Diospyros virginiana x Diospyros kaki)
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USDA Zones 5-10

Finally, after many centuries of searching and experimentation, a cold hardy Japanese-American, hybrid persimmon mix has been crossed that can be grown in the icy and snowy Northern United States that has come from Russia to U.S. nurseries for distribution to fruit growers. This Russian distributed hybrid persimmon is seedless and fortunately is flavored with its sweet Japanese genetic traits, and the cold hardiness is believed to have been transmitted by its American persimmon inheritance gene.
Russian Pomegranate
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USDA Zones 6-10

The Russian Pomegranate's huge size sets it apart from all other Pomegranate cultivars, in addition to the advantage of it's survival in frigid winters filled with ice and snow. The Russian pomegranate trees were tested at the experimental station in Byron, Georgia for many years and was found to be the most cold hardy pomegranate offered by American nurseries. The high concentrations of antioxidants in the Russian pomegranate has been shown to offer special heart and stroke health benefits.
Northern James Pecan - (Carya illinoinensis)
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USDA Zones 4-9
The cold hardy Northern James pecan tree is a grafted tree that produces thin-shelled pecans, of medium size (90 nuts per pound) with a crunchy kernel enriched with a sweet aromatic oily substance, perfect for fresh eating, or in a newly baked pecan pie or for roasting into a tasty crispiness or for eating later. The Northern James pecan tree will grow in below zero temperatures of New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and a 6 foot tall tree often produces a few nuts the first year of planting.