The Matriarch Of The NW Apple Industry Has Passed Away-Age 194, Really!

After 194 years, the first apple tree in the NW has died

Death Notice:OLD APPLE TREE, 1826-2020.

The Old Apple Tree passed away this summer in Vancouver, Washington, at the age of 194. The city identified the causes of death as a spiral crack, decay and old age. Mx. Tree immigrated to the Hudson Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River as a seed in 1826. She was the only long-term survivor of the first apple trees planted in the Pacific Northwest. As such, the tree is considered the matriarch of the Northwest apple industry. She is survived by many, many descendants — too numerous to list here.

Courtesy of Photo courtesy Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

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