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Boulder Apple Tree Project designed to identify, study and preserve area's historic apple trees. Story by Cassa Niedringhaus.
In a chilly wing of a Boulder greenhouse, apple trees have begun to sprout.
The growing trees are the focus of the Boulder Apple Tree Project, which aims to identify, study and preserve historic apple trees planted in Boulder and the region. They could also be the key to learning more about how plants survive in Colorado's climate.
Last fall, a group of University of Colorado researchers began fanning out across the community to map the straggling survivors of Boulder's apple orchards, which thrived in the late 1800s. They collected samples from the trees and grafted them onto healthy rootstock last month. Now, many of the fledgling trees have turned green and leafy in plastic pots in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Greenhouse on 30th Street.