Story: Apples and pears

Grafted tree

Grafted tree

Apples and pears are grown on grafted rootstocks that control the growth of the tree. The part of the tree that bears leaves and fruit is known as the scion. This is grafted onto a portion of apple or quince stem that bears roots (the rootstock). In varieties where the scion and rootstock are not graft-compatible, a compatible stem (interstock) is grafted between the two parts.

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John Palmer, 'Apples and pears - Rootstocks and tree management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by John Palmer, published 24 Nov 2008