Saturday, November 1, 2014

'Stayman's Winesap' Apple

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'Stayman's Winesap' Apple 
(Malus domestica)

Dr. Joseph Stayman  (1817-1903). The Stayman’s winesap apple was developed in 1866 and sold by nurseries from 1895.  in 1866. He left the practice of medicine at an early age to specialize in horticultural research and experimentation, developing numerous varieties of apples, strawberries, and grapes in his Kansas orchards. He experimented with grafting fruit trees and at one time had an apple tree which bore sixteen varieties, the result of multiple grafting. As a result of forty years experience in growing apples in Kansas, Dr. Stayman recommended the following as the four best varieties for the state: Stayman's Winesap, York Imperial, Jonathan and White Pippin. Dr. Stayman studied the drawing of fruit varieties, and his sketches were regarded as extremely precise. These sketches were given to the Smithsonian Institution  


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