Bridge Grafting at Buckner Orchard
Orchardists of the 19th and early 20th centuries practiced this technique. Today, the National Park Service continues to use the technique of bridge grafting to conserve fruit trees in historic orchards.
This video is a brief introduction to the art of bridge grafting, which is used to repair injuries to trunks or limbs where large areas of bark have been destroyed. A bridge of scion wood from the canopy is grafted above and below the damaged area, which allows the conductive tissue to begin to reconnect and heal.
Watch the Video
- Fruitful Legacy: A Historic Context of Orchards in the United States, with Technical Information for Registering Orchards in the National Register of Historic Places
- Historic Orchard and Fruit Tree Stabilization Handbook
- Learn more about the Buckner Orchards and the Buckner Homestead Historic District cultural landscape at our website.
- Include the Buckner Orchard Walk on your next visit to North Cascades National Park.
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