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Trailman Apple

 

Trail x Osman

Morden Research Station, Alberta, Canada, 1973

 

Grafted 2018-20 on a13 medium size crabapple
along with Chestnut and Emma's Crab

 

 

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"Wonderfully flavored dessert crabapple that ripens around Aug. 20 in central Maine. Translucent yellow skin has a porcelain finish, white bloom and sometimes a brownish-red blush. Fruit the size and shape of an egg. Spicy sweet exceptionally crisp and crunchy golden-yellow flesh. Hangs on the tree for two weeks without softening. Precocious annually productive moderately vigorous somewhat drooping spreading tree. Exceedingly hardy, possibly to Zone 2.



2021 - All grafts are thin, a bit rough, but growing. Tree itself is thin, possibly too many grafts at once? No more grafting or pruning for awhile.


2020 - east '19 graft winterkilled, rest growing well. Grafted more on bottom and s/se branches


2019 - ‘18 grafts very vigorous growth. Cut extra & graft 2 more, grew well. Do more 2020. End April pruned main tree some for size and some to grow new wood for grafting. Some fruit on original - small red crabs.


2018 - very thin scion from Mark, southern Wisc. Fit OK on small whippy south branch of medium mature crab north of garden/east of grapes. Not a lot of growth but 3 live buds had leaves. (one other graft, Chestnut also from Mark, grew but 2 others from NPGS didn’t take).

Crabapple tree is the only one left after removing the rest of close growing row along north garden fence. Cut top back quite a bit and thinned its whippy branches. Fruit is small red crabs. Eventually graft over to mostly Trailman and Chestnut, leaving a branch of original plus some Emma's.



Online Notes: Excellent for fresh eating, cooking, canning. This is about the hardiest apple known in Fairbanks.... Thin them hard in the spring and when ripe, let them hang thru a few cool nights then the sweetness and taste intensifies. Highly recommended by many on GrowingFruit.



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