[nafex] a whitney sport

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu May 17 11:46:15 EDT 2001

Not surprising that such a much-maligned tree produced a sport.  The
multiple injuries would be more likely to cause it to form adventitious buds
or at least to force old buried buds, which increases the odds of a shoot
appearing from a cell that was mutated by natural means over the years.  
Not that it is an astronomical increase, but by comparison a large number of
new sports of Red Delicious showed up in Washington State after a very hard
winter in the 1950's that froze trees back to the main limbs and forced a
lot of old buried buds to grow.
-Lon Rombough
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>From: "del stubbs" <pinewoodel at hotmail.com>
>To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] a whitney sport
>Date: Thu, May 17, 2001, 4:57 AM

> This tree has quite a history...planted in 1940 on a newly settled 
>farm(much of this area wasn't settled until the 1900's) it grew up just big 
>enough to be crushed "while we were putting up ice". To be reborn soon 
>enough to feed threshing crews, and killed to the ground 2 more times.  Said 
>my dear 85 year old neighbor Minerva. She is still grafting fruit trees at 
>her age on the same property, nothing shows more hope for the future than 
>  Anyway, in its present reincarnation it had barely one scion for me to 
>take and try to propagate. I got 3 whips to take last year. Minerva is 
>relieved, 'this apple must be saved, its an inch bigger than a normal 
>whitney'. Hopefully this year I'll get to taste one from her tree, the tree 
>with at least 3 lives.
> I looked up whitney crabs on google, found plenty of places that sell the 
>fruit, but not much description of the apple itself. Does anyone favor this 
>apple?  Mn. Del Z2/3
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