2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
The Last Tree Planted By Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, lived from 1774 to 1845. He became famous for planting apple trees across several midwestern states and Ontario, Canada. Jeff Edgar of Silver Creek Nurseries, says, “We provide a certificate of authenticity with every tree. We’ve shipped them from Washington to Florida, and even back to Ohio.”
Edgar grafts scion wood from the ancient apple tree to semi-dwarf rootstock and then grows them to 4 to 6 ft. tall. Each tree should be producing fruit within a year or two.
Apples produced by the tree are described as crunchy, sweet and tart if picked late in the season. They are good for sauce and baking.
The Johnny Appleseed tree is priced at $55 with shipping costs based on tree size and distance. Each tree comes with planting instructions and a registration card from the museum.
Edgar grafts and sells other specialty trees, including apple trees that he has traced back to the home estate of Isaac Newton in England. Those trees are priced at $45.
“Our First Down tree is a gold leaf tree with a graft from a Norway Maple,” says Edgar. “That gives it a gold base with green leaping out it, similar to Green Bay Packer colors. We also have trees with navy blue or purple leaves with a gold leaf graft, throwback colors for the Packers, as well as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Vikings.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Silver Creek Nurseries, Inc., 1909 Silver Creek Rd., P.O. Box 1988, Manitowoc, Wis. 54221 (ph 920 684-1225 or 888 858-9927; silvercreeknurseries.com).
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