Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Mother of All Oranges

The Cheapskate and his family are on the road this weekend but found something interesting for us and all you other gardeners out there.


  This is the Parent Navel Orange Tree in Riverside, California.

Brought to the city in 1870 from Bahia, Brazil, this is the original seedless wonder. All navel orange trees in California are clones from this original tree.

Propagated by cuttings and grafting, it started a big industry here in the state. One of two original trees, this is the one left standing, the other was transplanted by Teddy Roosevelt at the Mission Inn Hotel but it soon died and was cut up and sold as souvenirs.

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