Cross-Species Grafting

IMG_5945It is not uncommon for the root stock to be a different kind of tree than the scion, e.g. pear is frequently grafted on to quince root stock. This spring I attempted my first cross-species grafts. While my success rate was a meager 1 of 3, I’m very pleased to see that the graft of a seckel pear on to a hawthorn is flourishing splendidly. It’s too early to declare victory – a graft may be rejected months or even years later – but it looks very promising. It’s particularly exciting because there are lots of mature hawthorns around, that could thus be turned into fruit producing trees.

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4 Responses to Cross-Species Grafting

  1. William Pelowski says:

    Your experiment was in 2012. How’s it going now?

    • Still going strong. None of the grafts have been rejected yet. I haven’t had any fruit yet either, but am hopeful that next year I’ll start to see some. Actually, I’ve been continuing to make new pear and quince grafts on hawthorne, since it’s going so well. So I now have 4 different pear and 2 different quince cultivars going.

  2. Pierre says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if cross-species grafting would work for paw paw tree (Asiminia triloba) and on which other species rootstock?

    • My understanding is that paw paw is always grafted to paw paw seedling rootstock. But I don’t have any first-hand experience with growing paw paw, so you might want to consult some more knowledgeable folks.

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