“The apple tree has been cherished by humans for untold millennia and we have carried this tree with us to every corner of the globe. As a result there are approximately 7,500 different named cultivars of this beloved fruit tree. An ancient hybrid, the domestic apple originated by natural cross-pollination between Malus sieversii, M. sylvestris, and other wild apple species in Asia Minor. With genes from as many as three different species in its background it’s no wonder apples come in so many different colors, textures, and flavors.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy of the book

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