Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crab apples to apples

Here is a picture of an apple tree that has grown up from the roots of a crabapple. This picture was taken a week or so ago as the flowers are gone now. But I thought it was interesting how the crabapples must have been grafted on to the rootstock of an apple tree. Many of the crabapples have suckers coming up from the base. The crabapples are rather sickly and it is not uncommon for one of them to fall down. One fell down this spring. The result depending on the mood of the mower is either a gap in the grid pattern or a bushy crabapple or apple tree. The above picture is the largest apple tree among the crabapples.

In Bloom:

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