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By Hopey

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

This year two of my apple trees and one of my pear trees have grown 2-3 inch spikes on every branch. Can anyone suggest why this has happened, and what l should o about it?. They have been planted around 7-8 years, and its never happened before. Harvesting is going to be a challenge!.



I planted a wild pear tree a couple of years ago and was amazed to find that it came equipped - with large spines. I didn't know they did that!

7 Jun, 2011


Hmm, odd - wild apple and pear trees do have thorns, and these are usually bred out by modern breeding methods. Sounds like that particular bit of genetic info has been lost...

7 Jun, 2011


Or regained in this case! :-)

7 Jun, 2011


Is it possible that the rootstock has come up?

11 Jun, 2011

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