[NAFEX] Looking for Canadian sources of old French apples

David.Maxwell at dal.ca David.Maxwell at dal.ca
Tue Feb 12 09:40:08 EST 2008


Simon de Rasilly established one of the earliest French settlements in the New 
World at the mouth of the LaHave River in Nova Scotia, in 1632.  He planted apple 
trees - varieties unknown.  The museum personnel at the site want to re-establish 
an orchard of varieties he could have brought.  I have been working since 2003 to 
get scions through the National Germplasm Repository, but things aren't looking 
hopeful.  Do any Canadian members, just by chance, have any of the following: Api 
Noir,  Belle Fille,  Calville Rose,  Calville Rouge d'hiver,  Chataignier,  Coeur de 
Boeuf,  Court Pendu,  Double Rose,  Drap d'Or,  Fenouillet Gris (Pomme d'Anis) 
(note: this *not* Pomme d'Api),  Patte de Loup,  Pigeonet Blanc,  Pomme Glac,  
Pomme-Poire,  Rambour d'Ete (syn. R.  Blanc, Notre Dame),  Rambour d'Hiver,  
Rateau,  Reinette Blanche,   Reinette Musquee,   Rose de Beranger,  Royal Russe.

All these date from prior to 1630.

(It is not practical to try to get wood from the States or elsewhere - all Malus wood 
has to be virus indexed to import, and nobody is going to have virus indexed an 
apple grown since the 1600's.  It probably isn't totally ridiculous - the entire fruit 
industry in Ontario was threatened a few years back by somebody who brought 
scion wood across the border and introduced plum pox virus in the Niagara 
peninsula.)  

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