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  • From: "Kieran &/or Donna" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] "Wild Sour Jujube"
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:27:13 -0600

Melissa, Re "Zizyphus spinosa", I meant to add that just like a seedling citrus, a seedling pear, even a seedling apple tend to be spiny, so are seedling jujubes. What humans do is take the mature wood from the top of a bearing tree, which has quit making thorns, and graft it down low onto a seedling rootstock. That way you get a tree that acts mature from an early age, crops younger and never makes thorns. When you go walking in the woods in Florida and find a spiny citrus tree, when you go wandering in the edge of the woods in Tennessee, and you find a spiky pear tree, you know you are looking at a seedling tree going through it's awkward stage. This is another reason why grafting was invented. Donna

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