It 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.