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Vallatus
May 14, 2018 3:06 PM CST
Background: Before I was born my late grandfather grew and grafted a golden walnut tree and a black walnut tree together. The tree is very healthy and is well over 15 feet tall, it fruits yearly and the walnuts are lovely. I am going off to college soon and my parents are considering moving. I want to preserve the work my grandpa did.

Question: If I wanted to grow an identical tree from a grafted tree would I have to take cuttings from the two sides of the tree and then graft them together in order to regrow the same tree?

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 14, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Welcome!

If your grandfather grafted the golden walnut into the black walnut, the black walnut is the rootstock.

But if you want a tree identical to your grandfather's, you would have to take cuttings from both halves of your grandfather's walnut tree and graft them onto a walnut rootstock.

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Vallatus
May 15, 2018 9:49 AM CST
Thank you! That is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 15, 2018 9:59 AM CST
by both 'halves' you mean the branches, and the roots, correct? Confused
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 15, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Frillylily said:by both 'halves' you mean the branches, and the roots, correct? Confused


I mean a cutting from the Black Walnut side and another cutting from the Golden Walnut side grafted onto a third walnut rootstock. I suggested taking a cutting from the original black walnut, even though it is a black walnut, because of the age of the tree.

Plants, all plants, are evolving slowly and the originals no longer look like what we have today. If the OP wants that original black walnut, they will have to taking a cutting of it from that tree.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
May 15, 2018 10:49 AM CST
I was thinking he grafted a tree to different root stock, so the roots and the trunk/branches are ea different. I didn't realize there was a third involved. well shows what I know nodding
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 15, 2018 11:10 AM CST
I suspect Vallatus' grandfater used only two trees and the black walnut part of the tree is also the rootstock. The golden walnut was grafted in. It could be that Grandfather's origunal intension was to create a grafted golden walnut tree but, over the years, the black walnut that he used for rootstock was allowed to grow also.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org

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