Guerrilla Grafters covertly add fruit-tree branches to ornamental trees


33 Responses to “Guerrilla Grafters covertly add fruit-tree branches to ornamental trees”

  1. So, if a graft turns productive, and somebody climbs up on a box to pick a pear and falls on their face, will the guerilla grafters help with the attractive nuisance lawsuit?

    • scav says:

      They have already helped with it. OK, in that exact scenario the litigious entitled whiner refusing to take responsibility for their own safety survived the fall. But you have to expect some of them will not :)

    • banchara says:

      So, Michael, I guess you’d like the location of these trees so you can make some easy lawsuit money?  Way to be a schmuck. The rest of the world is not as a$$h0le-ish as you might think.

      • ocker3 says:

         Some people Are like that. I was in a small community church (in Australia) that met in a school hall, but the insurance costs were just getting silly, so we talked about meeting in people’s homes. Everyone thought it was a good idea and was happy to commit to all being personally responsible for their safety and that of their kids, except for one guy who stated that he would sue anyone if something happened to him. We all knew him as being quite a hard guy to be friends with, but he killed that church group.

    • John Robb says:

      And if the economy fails and everyone is hungry….

  2. Eric0142 says:

    “Thanks, dudes!”
    - SF rats.

  3. GoatLordMessiah says:

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  4. xiagang says:

    I’m sure someone can tell me, but really, what’s not to love about this? 

  5. Gutierrez says:

    “The group only grafts trees that are nominated by a steward in the neighborhood, who promises to maintain it and make sure that fruit is harvested and does not become a hazard. Trees also are grafted within species, fruit-bearing apple onto ornamental apple, for example.” ~ LA Times

    • dragonfrog says:

      I though that sticking to the same species is necessary for the graft to survive – grafting e.g. pear onto an apple tree tends to fail.

      Though even if it wasn’t necessary, it would be a good policy – if the city has planted ornamental apples, edible apples are no more or less messy, so no additional maintenance requirement is added.

    • yeah, that sounds ok then. Otherwise fruit on the ground does get a little messy especially near roads. But at least those neighbor kids will have something to throw at cars come fall.

    • hymenopterid says:

      That’s crucial.  If the fruit isn’t harvested, it’s just going to serve as a disease vector for agricultural diseases.  On top of this, many fruit trees have been bred to bear more fruit than they can support.  If you don’t prune an apple or a peach for example, its branches will split from the fruit loads.  That split can become infected, and kill the whole tree.

    • Nagurski says:

       Doesn’t sound all that covert then.

  6. stuck411 says:

    I’ve heard of guerrilla gardening before but this one takes it to another level of cool.

  7. Snig says:

    And if you’re going to hear about illegal graft in the city, this is probably the best possible kind to hear.   

  8. Donaleen Kohn says:

    And when the steward moves away?  It sounds cool in concept but perhaps falls short in reality.  Fruit trees overhanging sidewalks are NOT such a great idea.  If the fruit isn’t gathered, it makes a slippery mess on the sidewalk.  Fruit trees attract yellow jackets and those of us who are allergic don’t appreciate that.  Do they REALLY know what they are doing or are they compromising the health of the trees?  

     It just sounds a bit half baked to me. 

  9. wysinwyg says:

    Fun to watch people struggling to come up with reasons why this is a bad thing.  These guys are my heroes.

  10. Only in America would anyone refer to free food as a “nuisance”. How dare you litter my beautiful concrete with delicious, free, natural food. Oh the humanity!

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