Have or know of an old fruit tree that you would like to identify? Misnamed or missing-named family heirloom? MyFruitTree is a site designed to help facilitate an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of apple (and sweet cherry) trees present in our landscape.
We are a research lab located at Washington State University's Department of Horticulture. We consist of a small team of fruit tree geneticists who have decades of experience dissecting the genetics of apple (and sweet cherry) trees from around the world.
DNA fingerprinting using leaf samples, is available by request. We now use a "Simple" test that will cost you $50 per sample. For each tree tested, this method uses a small amount of leaf tissue and determines identity vs. uniqueness (in other words, whether the tested tree is identical to a cultivar already in our dataset), and is best suited for any tree suspected to be a cultivar and not a one-off seedling. Sometimes it can also identify parents, but it’s streamlined for identity-checking.
MyFruitTree draws upon data gathered from thousands of apple and sweet cherry cultivars, and their descendants, that have been growing across the U.S.
Information from MyFruitTree can be crucial to identify valuable trees for conservation efforts, thereby helping preserve them before they are lost.
MyFruitTree can also help reconnect lost names to trees growing in backyards, old homesteads, and other isolated settings.
MyFruitTree is a research opportunity provided through Washington State University, a publicly funded institution. Results are reported publicly in aggregate (without specific, personal information).
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