[NAFEX] Nova EasyGro apple and cedar apple rust?

tanis cuff tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 22 19:51:20 EDT 2006

I acquired some Nova EasyGro scionwood because it is rated as highly 
resistant or immune to CAR.  These grafts' growth has not been particularly 
immune, I'd say in the "resistant" rather than "highly resisitant" group.  
These were from a tree purchased from the old Bear Creek Nursery.  Has 
anyone else noticed this, and if so what might this tree actually be?  Mine 
haven't fruited yet, so I can't offer fruit description to help w/ ID.

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Mark or Helen Angermayer" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Liberty apple and cedar apple rust?
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 19:21:13 -0500

Hi John,

I received a Liberty this spring from VanWell nursery (A great nursery by
the way.  The trees were very good and the prices were unbeatable, $13.95
per tree incl. shipping!  I have another order from them for next
spring-same price.)  I did not notice any CAR on the tree.  I also grafted
two other Libertys from that tree and haven't noticed any rust on them
either.  I know rust is a problem here too, because my neighbor has a big
ole cedar (Juniper) tree not more than 80 feet from my apple trees.  This
same neighbor put in a couple crabapples last year and they have the
characteristic yellow spots pretty bad.  I have another neighbor who also
has the yellow spots on some of his apple trees.  My guess is you got the
wrong variety or the fungus has changed enough to get around the defenses of
your Liberty (A hort. professor from MU told me this can happen), but my
vote is the former.  Interestingly, I also received scionwood from Richard
Fahey.  A Nova Easygro.  The graft is doing well and there is no evidence of
CAR.  I'm thinking of ordering a roxbury russet scion next year.

If you want some scionwood from my Liberty, I may be able to get you some.
I pruned all the branches off the tree, save one, because I am trying to get
the tree to put all the energy in the leader, but you're welcome to that one
side branch if it survives the winter.  Obviously I can't guarantee it's
true to type, but I think VanWell is a reputable nursery and that probably
counts for something.

God bless,
Mark Angermayer
Zone 5 Kansas


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