Lost apple trees/varieties?
To anyone living in the Idaho/Washington/Oregon/Utah and possibly Montana area: Do you know of any orchards, presently claimed or abandoned, that have old, old apple trees of unknown variety possibly growing in them? I'm a volunteer with the Lost Apple Project, Idaho division, and we're scouting the state and some surrounding areas for antique trees that may be of historic value. We're looking for "lost" varieties of apple trees that were once part of old homesteads or even old commercial orchards, but that were left behind with history and dwindled in numbers until they were believed extinct. We've already found several, but there are more still out there! Some of them continue to exist in the form of a single tree or maybe two, and can be saved through proper identification and taking of scion wood for propagation. If you know of a gnarly old apple tree that nobody seems to be able to identify in terms of variety, or if you know of an area where some ancient, untended and unclaimed apple trees may still be standing and waiting for some love and recognition to return, please let me know! Our team my be able to visit, take a look, and find out if the trees are apple varieties bred and raised by our ancestors, left to fate and now waiting to be saved from extinction. Also, if you're interesting in planting a "lost' variety of apple in your yard, please let me know because we may also have some grafted saplings for sale from time to time. Thanks!
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