Show Off

This little show-off is Anna, and is about 4′ tall.  It’s done this every year since I planted it six years ago, no matter the weather or previous year’s crop load.  I’ll need to prop branches up with sticks of they’ll tear off.

I don’t have to do anything to this tree; no spraying, no fertilizing, not even much pruning.  Thinning the heavy clusters of apples is about the only input I do all year, besides picking apples to make a June apple pie from.  It will bear like this in the tropics of Africa or the jungles of Malaysia just like it does here in Southern California, bringing apple industry to areas where bananas and mangos were the main crops.  It is a gift of God to the warm areas of the world. 

Richard Fahey grows it in upstate New York, where they take branches to force blossoms from for the dining table, but alas the blossoms freeze every year (it blossoms in January).  But the cold doesn’t hurt the tree itself (its actually quite hardy) and the tree keeps on trying every year.  We could all learn a lesson from it.

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One Response

  1. I love this post. What a gorgeous little tree, and, as you said, what a gift to have a tree that can bless so many in other parts of the world.

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