An Apple’s Journey From Orchard to Table Slideshow

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Apple Trees

The structure of the trees in Rainier’s orchards is striking. Instead of hearty branches spreading from a thick trunk, the trees' arms are slender and delicate, supported by a network of trellises. Branches of apple varietals are grafted onto dwarf and semi-dwarf rootstock, allowing the plants to be grown closer together. The end result is more efficient distribution of plant resources, more ergonomic picking, and ultimately, a greater output of fruit per acre.

Christie Ellis