Johnny Appleseed Tree, Ohio   Edward Frank
  Mar 21, 2006 22:00 PST 
ENTS, especially Ohio ENTS,

In the latest American Forests newsletter - Forest Bytes, March 2006 is a note about the last remaining known living apple tree planted by John Chapman - better known as Johnny Appleseed grwoing in Nove Ohio. You can view the location of the city by going to

Have any of you visited this tree - a 170 year old apple should be worth measuring in northern ohio I would think. Info from various websites:

Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman and was a very industrious man, planting millions of apple trees during his lifetime. His work was important to the new settlers moving West after the American Revolution - apples were a vital staple to many families. The last known living apple tree planted by Johnny still grows on an old farm in Nova, Ohio . The farm dates back to an original Land Grant signed by John Quincy Adams in 1837. We take soft bud cuttings from the tree, graft them to apple root stock and offer you the opportunity to sink your teeth into a piece of American history! $35

Johnny Appleseed -- The last known, surviving tree John Chapman, the American folk hero planted was traced to Nova, Ohio in 1994. This variety comes from this tree. Tart, green apple ripens in late Sept. in zone 5. Great for baking, applesauce and fresh eating is is very similar to an Albemarle Pippen. Pollinates with other apple trees except Winesaps, Mutsu or Jonagold.

Johnny Appleseed Apple
You get both form and function with an apple tree-beautiful spring blooms and delicious, healthy fruit. The most famous apple tree planter was John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. His plantings made life easier for pioneers, who found them to be a sustainable crop that had many uses. The last known living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed is in Nova, Ohio, and serves as the bud source for these grafted trees. The species is Rambo-one of John Chapman's favorite-an excellent dessert apple for eating fresh or cooking

A hero for the ages
American Forests, Wntr, 2003 by Jeff Meyer
One of my favorites among the historic trees whose descendents we cultivate at AMERICAN FOREST'S Historic Tree Nursery is one of the last remaining apple trees planted by John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. The tree itself is on the family farm of Richard and Phyllis Algeo of Nova, Ohio..... (continued)

There's no telling how many apple seeds John Chapman, the legendary "Johnny Appleseed", planted across the Northeast and Midwest. But horticultural historians acknowledge that the last surviving apple tree planted by Johnny sits on a farm in Nova, Ohio. Planted when Andrew Jackson was president, the tree is about 170 years old. Now, you can purchase a direct offspring of that ancient, historical tree and plant it in your own patch of green. Call (800)320-8733. The Famous and Historic Trees project is an effort to preserve the genetic and historical legacy of significant trees across the land, everything from Johnny's last apple tree to one of the poplars George Washington planted at his farm in Mount Vernon. Page through the group's catalog and you'll see that some of them are varieties no longer widely offered, like Johnny Appleseed's last tree, a Rambo. This is a large green apple, firm and tart, that's good for cooking and eating.

Ed Frank
RE: Johnny Appleseed Tree, Ohio   Pamela Briggs
  Mar 21, 2006 22:09 PST 

Dear ENTS --

Wouldn't that heirloom fruit make a wonderful dessert for an ENTS
gathering? If I could cook, I'd arrange to order them, make something,
and send it myself.

RE: Johnny Appleseed Tree, Ohio
  Mar 22, 2006 12:10 PST 

Nova is about an hour away from me, to the SW. After our spring season
at the nursery I'll try to get down there to photograph and measure.
Sounds interesting.

Steve Galehouse
Re: Johnny Appleseed Tree, Ohio   Edward Frank
  Mar 22, 2006 20:47 PST 

I want to add a section on Unusual, Great, and Historical trees on the website. It will include links to Colby Rucker's article Great Eastern Trees Past and Present. I want to include a link to a gallery we have of old.historical tree photos. In addition I would like to add pages about trees with historical conections such as this one. The Virginia Big Tree Program has a section called the Remarkable Trees of Viginia Program It's introduction reads:

"Please join us in searching for Virginia's most remarkable trees! The overall goal of this project is to increase awareness and appreciation of Virginia's trees, especially among Virginia's youth. The culmination of the project will be a book describing Virginia's finest trees, and you could be one of the people who nominates a tree chosen to be profiled. We are looking not just for champion trees (the largest of their species) but also for trees that are noteworthy for their age, beauty, history, community significance, or for any other reason known to the nominator."

I think this an interesting concept.

Ed Frank