I say seedling but I meant sprouts. They are from ungrafted apples and cherries, so they come up as the same as the full sized tree.
I do plan on planting seeds and experimenting though.
In fact I do have some cherry seeds from a black sweet cherry in a barrel right now and hope that they come up in Spring.
Does this look like a wild pear tree to you guys I am thinking that the leaves of this are the same as a pear and the way it is growing is very pearesque…
If it is. I think it is a very awesome candidate for top working…
Maybe. It looks like it’s been pruned (in the last pic, check out the tips of those four upswept branches). But, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fruit tree. @clarkinks knows pears, maybe he could comment.
If it looks pruned it’s because it was it is close to my driveway and I pruned a lot of trees coming down my driveway but have since let a lot of it grow up so I could get some wild blackberries If it is a pear then I will mow around it and try to graft to it and hopefully get some pears from it!
I agree it appears to be growing in a pear or hawthorne like fashion but we need more closeups of the buds to know for sure. Particularly these buds
! Ive seen many neglected pears and they make incredible orchard trees. This is one of those old neglected trees Favor for a friend - Top working Pears!
. This is the way i top work dormant or semi dorman trees like this in the spring Top working Pears weather permitting
. Thank @subdood_ky_z6b
for pointing this out i might have missed this thread.
I will try my best to get better close ups this evening thank you guys for the responses!
@clarkinks Checking your linked thread has been very helpful! What type of sealer did you use if you don’t mind me asking? I have been looking at the Tanglefoot Tree Wound Pruning sealer and grafting compound. Do you have any other recommensations? Again thanks for the reply and thanks to @subdood_ky_z6b for linking you
Tanglefoot or doc farwells are great Doc Farwell's Grafting Compound
Thanks, I do appreciate the recommendation
Even though I haven’t done any top working, I did have to do some wound repair on a couple of apple trees that were almost girdled by rabbits down low on the trunk and graft union last year. I used Tanglefoot Wound sealer and it seems to have worked. I got a 1 pint can from eBay for about $11.
I think I can see new bark coming up through it, though. Which is good in my opinion because I was thinking I might have to do some bridge grafting to save the tree with the worst damage. But if it’s filling in with new growth, then maybe I won’t have to do the grafts.
I don’t know if that’s what’s supposed to happen over time, what’s your opinion, @clarkinks?
@clarkinks here is a few pics of that tree up close and personal
Hope that you can identify it with these pics…
That does look much like a wild callery pear. I suspect its either that or hawthorne. What its not is BET , Harbin, domestic wild pear, bartlett , pear rootstock etc. . I would like additional pictures of the trunk base and more pictures of shoots. The encouraging picture is this one with the thorn
Grey small spots on the bark are good also. Take a look at this thread Wild callery pear rootstocks
. Look for red leaves at the base or on the tree , small dried up pear sized fruit etc. See these thorns from the thread are wild callery thorns which are variable in severity
I made sure to get the pic of the thorn as there are several and they have gotten me before! I will try and get some closeups of the base and of some shoots
Thank you for the reply!
This is the hi res image of one of the first pics
Maybe you can look at the base a bit better and I do see greyish white spots on the limbs
I can also tell you that birds planted this as it is under a power line.
Here is a few more pics of the tree
But wait theres more…! I walked around my front area where the first tree was and was looking for maybe another… I found another one less than 150 ft from the other!
So, I may get the chance to top work 2 different trees. Going to look for more when I get the chance but 2 larger pears will be great fun! So hope that these are for sure callery pears and will take some grafts! @clarkinks
Looks like good grafting root-stock. It looks like the Callery seedlings growing all over my area.
This front field where these 2 trees are has overgrown some but just so many years ago I use to mow it… I am thinking of starting to clean it up again and mow around a lot of the trees that have grown up there and maybe take a few out here and there and turn that whole area into orchard! I have paths mowed in it now so I can walk around in it but I think in a years time of mowing again it can be turned into a very nice area for planting some fruit trees. It is also a much bigger area than where my orchard is now and since I have it for the most part filled up with stuff, I was planning on expanding my growing area anyways. The apple trees I may plant closer to where the ones by my driveway are but a pear orchard up there (with a few other things mixed in maybe) would be very nice