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CaliCali cat with pumpkin

 
wild seedling tree

 

wild seedling tree named Cali

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apple from wild "Cali" treeMedium tall seedling tree "discovered" in 2013 on west side of house driveway, south of large yellow crab (MrC), near south woods. Nice late apples, good med size, some scab but not too bad. Yellow with red splash. Tart but decent flavor. Worth working on. Named after our wonderful Cali cat who shared our lives for 20 years.



2021 - Steve cleared under tree in spring so I could get in to prune. Took two top limbs off and many uprights, opening tree up for sun and air. Many flower buds. Light blossoming, no fruit (end of May freezes took out most apples).


2020 - 5/9 moderate pruning, looking pretty good. Lots of brush around and under. Steve cut down fairly large apple so of tree.


2019 - 5/14 Cut out number of uprights, crossed. Wasn’t too bad, nothing major. Picked 9 apples, some had dropped. Similar to Splitter but smoother.


2018 -  Lot of growth around tree. Did some pruning; reasonable growth. Dozen or so fruit. Dropped a few early Sept, some eaten by deer. Nice size, decent shape. Picked mid Sept. Similar flavor to Splitter. Smooth, waxy, w/red streaks.


2017 - Light pruning top, watersprouts. Healthy leaves, some holes/blight (but rough year for all). Good shoot growth. One real nice apple at tip of low north branch. Picked 9/29 Put in rootcellar. 10/11 realized it had gone soft, cut out & ate small area still good but it was quite tart. Maybe picked it too early, maybe not long keeper.


2016 - Continue pruning for shape. Moderate blossoms, no fruit. Grew fine, some suckers, leaves healthy with just some spots. One dead branch at top.


2015 - Pruned another major top limb off and did some thinning. Scatter of blossoms, no fruit.


2014 - Cut out largest top limb (~4"), not much else. Cut other top limb out next year. Lots of ants, likely stressed by major pruning?


2013 - Discovered a good wild tree nest to woods west side of front yard drive, good sized apples. Cleared area around tree. Dumped bark to help level ground. Some scab but moderate. 9/27 dropping some apples, so 9/29 picked mounded half bushel basket (more at top of tree), medium-large fruit, tart but decent flavor. Well worth pruning. Looks similar to Splitter apples.

At some point (this year?) cut down large WBC right next to tree, plus other large trees in area allowing better sun & air.



Copyright Susan Robishaw


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