Daisy Dunn

Floods you with fascinating facts: Trees A Crowd reviewed

Plus: a short Radio 4 doc on the former bathing area of the River Cherwell in Oxford, where dons, vicars and milliners used to tumble about in the nude

The wild crab apple of Britain, Malus sylvestris, and Malus sieversii, an apple native to the mountains of Kazakhstan, are the ancestors of almost all domestic apples we eat today. Image: Archive Photos / Getty Images

Listening to Trees A Crowd, a podcast exploring the ‘56(ish) native trees of the British Isles’, solved one of childhood’s great mysteries for me. Why, when you plant a pip from one type of apple, does it grow into a completely different type of apple tree? The answer — one kind of apple tree will typically cross-pollinate with another variety to pass on a different set of genes — is less interesting than the next bit.

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