[nafex] 'Smaragd' Columnar Apples

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Jan 19 20:43:52 EST 2012

Columnar apples will branch, but mostly long straight limbs that arise low on the trunk. I've seen old "Wijick" trees with side branches that looked like Lombardy poplars in form.
The columnar trait is a single dominant gene, so a normal x columnar cross gives 50% columnar seedlings. Since the trait is visible in very young seedlings, it's easy to breed.  At one time there were at least 2 private breeders in NAFEX working on columnar apples, but I forget their names.
-Lon  Rombough
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On Jan 19, 2012, at 5:24 PM, Doreen Howard wrote:

A columnar apple is like a pole with short, stubby branches.  They fit well 
into small landscapes and large containers.
Doreen Howard

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