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Post Columnar apples
This may have been discussed here before, but does anybody know how to make columnar apples? I am curious if I can do a few myself but cant find much info on them, other than nursery sales info...any help is appreciated!


Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:15 pm

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Post Re: Columnar apples

I don't have any special knowledge, but I presume that columnar apples are made like most other apple trees. That is, by choosing an appropriate rootstock and then grafting a scion of the desired variety to it.

In the case of columnar, I believe the varieties were selected because they are genetically predisposed to grow up without much branching. Then they are pruned and trained to accentuate that trait.

I don't know if there are desireable columnar varieties that aren't under patent. It is certainly much easier to obtain scion wood from non-patented cultivars.

Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:36 pm

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Post Re: Columnar apples
Thanks Jafarj, I was concerned about patents...I will have to find some that arent under I suppose.

Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:57 pm

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Post Re: Columnar apples
You may try Maypole Spire. Nick Botner has it. Like Jafar said, graft it to an appropriate rootstock. I don't have any columnar trees, but it seems like a better deal for someone in a very urban area. I live in the suburbs. It's a great deal for the nursery. They cost like $35 each! And you don't get many apples. I would only graft them myself.
John S

Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:37 am

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Post Re: Columnar apples
Thanks for the tip John!

Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:26 pm

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Post Re: Columnar apples
From another list:

"Wijik McIntosh, which is a columnar mutation. Like most apple varieties, it may well not be self-pollinating.
Siloam Orchards Nursery sells the tree and may have helpful info on care for you.
Here is what their catalog says: Mac Wijick (Colonade) - This is a form of McIntosh which grows vertically with a few vey upright branches. All the fruit is borne close to the trunk. Great for tight spaces or to grow vertically on a fence with your espalier trees. Zone 5. Grown on the M26 rootstock, but much smaller than other apples on M26, due to it's nature."

All columnar apples were bred from Wijik so they all have resemblance to Macintosh. They are easy to breed - cross a columnar apple with a regular one and half the seedlings will be columnar and can be picked out when they are only a few inches tall.

Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:34 pm
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