[nafex] last living johnny appleseed

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Jun 27 17:29:03 EDT 2000


It is possible for an apple tree to live 150 years.  I believe the original
Macintosh tree lived well over 100, and only died because it was damaged
from a fire.  Besides just living a long time, there are other ways an old
tree can keep going, such as root suckers.  The original Hawkeye Delicious
was damaged and died, but suckers came up from it and re-grew.  There was
also a story I read about a "walking" apple.  It started at the top of a
hill.  When it got old, it fell over, downslope, and some of the limbs
pushed into the soil and rooted, then grew into a new tree.  Eventually that
tree fell over, and repeated the process.  At the time of the story, the
tree had done this three times and had "walked" over 150 feet down the hill.

Ed Fackler - you know your apple history well - you can verify the age of
old apple trees, I'd bet.
-Lon Rombough
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>From: Thomas Olenio <tolenio at sentex.net>
>To: nafex at egroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] last living johnny appleseed
>Date: Tue, Jun 27, 2000, 1:01 PM
>

>Hello,
>
>Is this possible?  That an apple tree planted sometime before 1847 (year
>John Chapman died [aka Johnny Appleseed], could still be alive and
>offering viable scions?
>
>History indicates that his stock was not the best, but because he lived in
>the wilderness, moving west ahead of the pioneers, his seedlings were
>available (for sale, he was a businessman) before his competition moved in
>with the pioneers.
>
>How bout it experts, could an apple tree live 150 plus years, and
>still be producing viable scions??!!  Especially where the stock was known
>not to be the best?
>
>Sounds like a scam to me, but I will leave it to the experts.
>
>Regards,
>Tom
>--
>Thomas Olenio
>Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a
>
>On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Ward Barnes wrote:
>
>> 
>> 
>> I do not know if this info has made the NAFEX list or not but I thought it 
>> to of interest.  The article concerns the last living tree planted by Johnny 
>> Appleseed and the availability of cuttings.
>> 
>> http://www.rockymountainnews.com/homes/0624gard1.shtml
>> 
>> Ward Barnes
>> Coastal Zone 7
>> Wake, VA
>> 
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