March 27, 2015
March 16, 2015
January 5, 2016
Several years ago, some young people contacted me about a project to graft scions from that tree on new rootstocks. This happened, and the progeny trees are now growing various places around Portland. If anyone ever wants to further propagate this lineage, contact me and I can help you track one down. The best guess of the variety is some sort of "greening" apple, best for cooking, so it would be more for historic interest than the actual fruit. email@example.com
March 16, 2015
June 17, 2015
I heard about the demise in more than one place, including NPR. However, if as Jafar says, the root is sending up suckers, then the show ain't over, folks. Everything that I've read about the original apple is that it was seed-grown (i.e., NOT grafted). If this is the case, then the clone itself is not dead,... only the extremely elderly "top". We'll have to wait for awhile, but if indeed there are root sprouts then they'd be clonal. So far as I'm aware (--at least based on the earliest testimony--), the apples at the Vancouver Fort were seedlings (NOT grafted apples).
If it were to turn out that this apple tree was a grafted one, then it would explode some of the Romantic stories about its origins....
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