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Yum. We were raised on home grown apples and it really spoiled us when it came to eating apples from shops. The difference is amazing. :) Robyn
PS this is not my photo, it's taken from a "free to take website" with no details about the photo. .
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yonx

How exciting joy to be doing the grafting thing and seeing such great results! My mum used to do that too sometimes. Very satisfying. The various countries have apples I have never heard of before. With so many wild bl walnut trees there, you could have a ball experimenting with it. I would love to have a walnut tree, even to see one growing would be good. Many years ago when I was 11, there was an older man up the road with a whole row of gigantic walnut trees all bearing profusely. We used to visit him and he'd give us a bag full to take home. It was wonderful... ☺ ✿

joy2u

I never heard of using walnut rootstock. It would be very handy for me, since in Tennessee we have lots of wild black walnut trees and the nuts grow quickly. Last summer, I grafted several twigs off my old Stayman Winesap apple.... to preserve it.... it's so good for everything. The little trees are growing nicely.

yonx

Hi t53de70. Yes it does sound odd, but it's only the grafted piece that grows as far as I know. I think from what Sharon said the reason they use the bl walnut to graft onto, is that the fruits would more likely stay as intended, and also be disease free. I would love those ones, disease free means no poisonous sprays to add to health woes. The ones who went into all the grafting experiments all over the years, find out what works better and what doesn't. Sharon might see your comment and come back with her nifty knowledge. I did a search for the bl walnut/apple tree grafting and couldn't find anything specific, but there are heaps of sites about general grafting, and u-tube videos as well. Thanks for your comment to make us think :) :) Robyn

t53de70

I am amazed that an apple can be grafted on to a black walnut root stock. aren't they two totally different trees? one being a fruit and the other a nut?

yonx

Hi Sharon. Thanks for your observations and I see you know a lot about apple trees. Talking about the crab apple, it is such a beautiful tree and makes fabulous jelly. I haven't had or seen any for many years.
I enjoyed reading your run down on the history of the apple tree. So the apple tree fruit was a bit unstable until the grafting began. Clever people who came up with that!
I have only ever seen one apricot tree in my life, it was huge and smothered with beautiful fruit. What a glorious picture. If it were mine I would have shared that fruit with so many people, but this lady just let it all rot on the ground. boo hoo, I was longing to try one.
I'm from NZ but this is not my photo and I will clarify that in my comments in a minute. It's a free photo from a "free to take website" with no attribution needed. There is no way of knowing which country the photo was taken in, nor what year. (there is a spot that says that bottom L under my little writeup). (I'm from NZ) I appreciate you taking the time to write... :) Robyn

yonx

Hi Joy, and thanks for your suggestions. I love the striped apples, so pretty. I expect there are so many changes in the apples over the years and I don't know which country this one was grown in. I've heard of the Bramley's seedling but we never had any in NZ. We had pippins though, cox's orange and many others, red and yellow delicious, so many have gone now and we have names now that I can't even think of at the moment as the familiarity has gone... ah Gala and Royal Gala comes to mind, very outstanding apple. Of course the apples in the photo haven't quite reached maturity so a bit hard to guess. :) Robyn

sharonkholmes

First without knowing your location it is not even possible to guess at the variety, Second, if it is a mature tree it probably did not come from a nursery that sold by a name at all. Years ago, trees were planted from apple seeds taken from a tree that had good apples. Sometimes they were true to form of the parent tree, but they might also revert to ancestors like crab-apples, or never have fruit at all. Many newer varieties require a "cousin" tree for a polinator, though older trees are more often self-fruitful. And bees travel great distances so if your tree is pollinated to set fruit, the other tree could be a mile away. Today, a branch is cut from a known variety and that branch is grafted onto rootstock, often a black walnut root so that there is a pretty good chance the tree will produce fruit identical to the parent, and the tree will be disease free. Probably the best apple I ever ate was a very small one growing in a valley in northern India whether winters are extreme, You might also look for neighboring trees with similar apples and ask the owner of the tree if they know its history. My Great-great grandfather brought one of he first apricot trees to a small town in the far north-west corner of Arizona. Today that town had apricot trees on every block, but no one will ever know what variety they were. Most probably started from seed the birds dropped on the ground.

joy2u

They aren't like any of the old-time apples that I am familiar with. They are beautiful, and have a striking color pattern. Maybe Bramley's Seedling (originally from England) or one of the Pippins.

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