[NAFEX] mountain ash utility
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Feb 2 13:55:51 EST 2004
I found one seedling growing on the other side of the fence, in the
neighbor's field, that must have been from my eastern European trees. It
was quite productive, but had a little bitterness. Not as much as the
standard ornamental, by a long shot, but not really enjoyable to eat. The
neighbor removed it, so it doesn't matter. I'm reasonably sure it was from
my trees as I haven't seen any other Mt. Ash in the area.
One time someone sent me some dried bear poop from an area where there
were a lot of huckleberries. The droppings were practically pure berry
skins and seeds, though there were some other seeds mixed in, including some
Mt. Ash, so the bears must either like wild Mt. Ash berries, or there were
some that had non bitter fruit in the wild.
Do you have any experience growing the non-bitter eastern European varieties
from seed? I am wondering if Sorbus are like citrus in that most come true
from seed, or like apples in that most do not come true from seed. I am
thinking mainly of the bitter/non-bitter characterisitc. Each year I have
many Sorbus seedlings come up around my yard, but none so far is worth
keeping even to nibble.
-Mark Lee, Seattle
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