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Post Office Apple

 

scion from old tree growing by Cooks Post Office (north side)

 

Grafted 2020, onto wild seedling rootstock

 apples from Post Office tree cut

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Original tree is vigorous and hardy. Fruit has good texture, mildly crisp, tart but flavorful, with sweet aftertaste. Reminds me of Dudley but later, and better storage apple. Hangs on tree.



2021 - vigorous, had some aphid issues. Rootstock also vigorous, have to keep cut back.


2020 - Rootstock - wild seedling south of hangar - deer eaten for years, tangly, lots of low branches. Decided to graft to it so last year pruned off quite a bit and put fence around. About 4 ft ^, had 2 long straight up healthy young shoots from about 2' up on trunk. 5/9 pruned off most everything except these two (leaving some low stuff). Spread wood chips around base. Grafted to both shoots 5/21.

Scion - calling it Post Office, though I suppose Thelander might be appropriate though i don't know for sure that Peter Thelander Sr. planted the trees; it's hard to say how old the tree is. But since it's from the Post Office tree, and that's how I think of it, Post Office is what it will be. Had cut scions late winter. The two grafts (see above) grew well, healthy, vigorous. Mid summer cut one shoot off. 


red Post Office tree2019 - Noticed the tree beside/hind the back door of the Cooks Post Office - full of fruit (above deer height) mid October. Called Mary Thelander to see if she (or Pete) knew anything about it. They didn't, those tress (one on either side, just back of the paving, the other, south, one is a yellow apple) had been there a long time, since before Pete can remember. I asked Dorothy (95 yrs old) when at the Heritage House but, not surprising, she didn't know about the apples, but did tell us about Pete's Dad (Peter Thelander, Sr.) building the Post Office in 1963 and she owning it after he died, until young Pete (Thelander, Jr.) took it over. The apple trees are so nicely placed, and being one yellow, one red, it seems they were deliberate. But apples from Post Office tree oct 29, 2019they also could have been there when the PO was built seeing how the pavement (which is just barely larger than the PO in the back) goes right up to the trees, and the trees, and ground, are down a foot or so from the concrete. They are large and obviously been there a long time.

Mary said to help myself to the apples, so Oct. 29 we stopped and I managed to reach and pick a dozen apples. Fruit has good texture, mildly crisp, tart but flavorful, with sweet aftertaste. Reminds me of Dudley but later, and better storage apple. Mid Nov. still good. Maybe it's an earlier more original Dudley, which is supposedly a "winter" apple? Hard to say but decided to come back later winter and cut scions to graft (which I did). Dec.1 fruit still juicy, tendercrisp, tart with flavor. Hoholik apple and PO similar texture & taste.




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