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Anyone have experience growing Mayhaw in the north?

 
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I've got a spot that I inadvertently made pretty soggy and killed my apricot tree. I want to plant something somewhat productive in this area that I can get a food harvest from. I understand that mayhaw is pretty tolerant of wet soils so I'm thinking about giving it a try. I live in North-Central Idaho about 4100 ft zone 6A-ish, 90 day growing season. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this tree in an climate like this, or if you might have some other suggestions....I'm all ears.
 
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I had to google this. It sounds delicious!

Being that I knew nothing of this plant or anything else you can take my opinion however you want. The designated zone via my google search is 7-9. I think with some protection/mild zone altering you could grow it just fine. My google search also said it grew perfectly fine with 0 human intervention, being a wild grown plant.

So put some nice thermal mass stones in the area, plant the tree and let us know how it goes!
 
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Here's a pic of the area I'm planning on planting the mayhaw. It's north facing, but protected from frost and prevailing winds. It should warm up slowly in the morning and hopefully not die.
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You might also try the Pacific/swamp crabapple, Malus fusca, which seems hardier.  Mayhaws are mostly used like crabapples (for jelly) anyway.  With either plant, nearby junipers could give you trouble with rust.  With Malus, you might even be able to graft a nicer apple onto it, though if the area is wet enough to be humid, fungus might still attack fruit &/or foliage, independent of the moisture tolerant roots.
 
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