[nafex] a whitney sport

Claude Jolicoeur cjoli at gmc.ulaval.ca
Fri May 18 00:50:12 EDT 2001

According to Beach (Apples of NY) and Macoun (Ag.Canada bulletin 86, 1916),
the Whitney from Illinois is a large crabapple, so Crawford seems to be
wrong (I guess Ed is laughing). The dates of origin agree between all
authors (c.1860-1869). 50 mm appears to be a normal size for it, and this
is about the size of mine. The fruits I got correspond very well with
Beach's description.
I would speculate that it is the Illinois Whitney that has been introduced
in Europe.


A 13:14 01.05.17 -0700, vous avez écrit :
>Flowering Crabapples by Father John Fiala. Timber Press, Portland Oregon,
>The emphasis is on ornamental crabapples, but it is a good book.  No
mention is
>made of bloom time, or fertility of the pollen.
>The reason I wondered about Whitney is because of recent confusion with
the two
>Crimson Beauties and some other variety ... there was a European and a N
>version of apple with same name.
>Fiala says Whitney is a European commercial crabapple, 5.5 cm, yellow with
>Crawford describes what must be another Whitney when he says Whitney is a
>crabapple from Illinois.
>Donald Wyman, Crabapples for America, describes Whitney as European origin
>1869. 5.5 cm yellow, striped red.
>Encyclopedia of Hardy Fruits, U P Hedrick (US) 1938 says Whitney was grown
>seed by A E Whitney, Franklin Grove, Illinois and was first described in
>Skin light yellow, shaded and striped with red, good to very good, pick late
>August early Sept.
>Fruit Berry and Nut Inventory, Second ed. 1993, says Whitney originated
with A R
>Whitney, Franklin Grove, Illinois. Described by Warder 1869. Light
>with red blush or stripes.
>I have photos of my Whitney from 2000. I was so impressed with it's
>but mine is 90% red with a yellow background.   I didn't measure it, but
it looks
>like it's easily 2.5".
>One Whitney or two?   Or same Whitney, but seedlings and sports everywhere?


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