Was that a hj pit i sent you?
Most jujus start out with varying degrees of spiny-ness, but generally speaking seedlings tend to be thorny relative to size and number of stems, and the thorny habit wanes as the tree gets taller. Moreover, while we know ‘mom’ is hj, it would be impossible to tell the ‘dad’, but from what could see, it might be li pollen due to the stance and size of thorns, and of course, due to the fact that the predominant biomass of li trees we have increases the chances of being pollinated by li.
one of our seedlings we surmise to have been from a sihong pip, and with sherwood as ‘dad’ due to the fusion of taste, texture, density and shape of fruits, primarily because all of the open-pollinated sherwood pits we’ve cracked(grown here in nv and cali) were empty. Thus assuming that the seedling must have been from a sihong mom. These are mere hypotheses of course, since it is possible that seedling from cultivar X can actually present with characteristics of cultivar Y, even though the the dad is cultivar W, if mendelian recessive traits are unmasked–say, if both X and W have some cultivar Y recessive genes in them.
in effect, with jujus, we are clearly still at this stage where maury show paternity suits are costly. If not mistaken, the scientific community has unraveled the genome of just one variety ‘junzao’.
a less-expensive and fairly reliable means of pre-determining parentage would be to prevent ‘extramarital affairs’ – achieved by bagging flowering branches(of two different cultivars) using n-95 filters and collecting seed from subsequent fruits.
say, a contorted branch with li branch. Seeds from subsequent contorted fruits would likely have been produced with li pollen.
from our bagging tests and observation of a lone old contorted tree in a co-op orchard, the cultivar will bear fruits int the absence of foreign pollen, but will have empty pits. It will produce pits with viable seeds when open-pollinated.