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Re: [nafex] Juneberries and CAR

Here (western Oregon), the Canadian varieties get about 75 to 90% rust,
while the local species get about 5% rust.  Definitely there is a need for
local selection.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, more, at http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom

>From: "Kieran or Donna" <redherring@tnaccess.com>
>To: <nafex@egroups.com>
>Subject: Re: [nafex] Juneberries and CAR
>Date: Wed, Jun 7, 2000, 12:07 PM

>    A couple of weeks ago I fought my way through the brush to one of the
>wild Juneberries I discovered last year.  It had bloomed this spring and I
>hoped to beat the birds to the berries.  I found weird lumpy things hanging
>from it, a bit too large to be berries.  I picked one off and found my
>fingers powdered with yellow stuff.  The leaves don't seem to have Cedar
>Apple rust on them, but it appears the berries themselves, every one of
>them, have become cedar rust "apples".
>    This may explain why Juneberries are not exactly taking over our area.
>Also why in 16 years of foraging in Tennessee, I have eaten exactly 4
>Juneberries in the wild.  I just bought 2 Regent juneberry bushes, I guess
>I'll find out the hard way if they are as susceptible as the local species.
>    I have tried repeatedly to grow sweet huckleberries here (Peters Seed
>and Research sells the seeds).  My conclusion this, the 4th year, is that
>they are simply too closely related to indigenous plants, but with no
>resistance.  The plants serve as food for flea beetles, blister beetles,
>some kind of leaf roller caterpillar, horse nettle bugs, and lacebugs.  (The
>horse nettle bug is like a potato bug but with gray larva and a more
>handsome adult, I have no idea what it's real name is.  I have seen it
>misidentified as a potato bug, but it rarely feeds on potatoes.)
>    I tried once to grow chickpeas, and though the blight was expected,
>finding a caterpillar in each pod was not.  I believe that they attracted a
>local bug that normally feeds on rattlebox.
>    It gets frustrating when you can't grow native species, and you can't
>grow foreign ones either!    Donna
>P.S.  Our one native chestnut in the woods succumbed to blight this spring.
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