[NAFEX] bud sports

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Aug 26 22:18:59 EDT 2005

	Twice in two days I have found what seem to be bud sports on two of my 
fruit trees.

	While doing some summer pruning of a Cox's Orange Pippin, I found what 
seems to be a spur type shoot.  The buds are spaced more closely than 
on the other shoots, and they are almost whorled, with buds very close 
to opposite each other.  My question for apple afficianados, like Ed 
Facker, is "is there enough interest in a spur type Cox's Orange to 
bother saving the shoot?"  I already cut it partly back before 
realizing how odd it looked, but there is plenty left to reproduce it.

	The other oddity came on a red leaf plum of my own discovery.  It has 
one shoot that is like a watersprout, but is much more vigorous and has 
larger leaves.  Instead of being solid red, like the rest of the tree, 
the leaves have bright green upper surfaces and red undersides.  I 
suppose I'll have to let it bear fruit to see if THAT is different, 
too, but I'm trying to decide if the odd appearance has any value.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
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