Russell Libby discovered what may well be the world’s last Judy tree while poking around at a yard sale in Belgrade a few years ago. The variety originated a few miles away on the north side of Great Pond in Rome sometime before 1873. This particular specimen was likely set out by Carroll Sawyer, whose grandson Terry is the current owner of the property. According to Terry, the tree was old when he was a kid and the soft red fruit is “earlier than any I know.” Back in its prime it was annually bearing. We’re hoping the old hollow broken tree will put out at least one more crop. Who was Judy? Z4.
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