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I always found grafting fascinating, and I am now picking this again. I was wondering about which trees I can do grafting/combine.

Is there a table that I can refer to?

  • Any tree you want can be grafted. The main purpose is to put a species that doesn't do so well in lower zones on top of roots that survive the winter. The other reason is to put trees that are normally found to be pronate or crawling on the ground up on a taller trunk to become a 'weeping' something or other. Or to be able to graft different species on one tree or trunk, such as different apples on one espalier. What is it that you are imagining to create? – stormy Apr 20 '17 at 21:25
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    @stormy - yeah, but I think the OP is asking more along the lines of whether completely different species, as opposed to different strains, can be grafted. Oak tree onto cactus (to exaggerate), as opposed to different types of apples. I know that, since peaches and almonds are closely related, grafting between those to form combination trees is pretty common. – PoloHoleSet Apr 20 '17 at 21:29
  • @stormy you've missed probably the most common commercial reasons: to be able to produce a particular cultivar quickly or to control vigour/improve fruitfulness (i.e. in every commercial orchard on the planet!). Improve cold hardiness is not such a common reason, but certainly useful for some, Citrus spring to mind. Family trees are a whole different ball game and not usually that successful in the long term. – George of all trades Apr 20 '17 at 21:31
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    @Georgeofalltrades - sounds like you have an answer dying to come out. – PoloHoleSet Apr 20 '17 at 21:38
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    @stormy as PoloHole refered, I am more intersted in knowing the odd combination (what I can combine) than why it is done. I know apple tree in apple tree is trivial. Lemon and orange also trivial, but becoming more intersting... – nsn Apr 20 '17 at 21:50
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So far as I'm aware, there is no complete table displaying which plants can be grafted onto which plants. It's a bit of a broad question for such a specialist area, but broadly, most plants need to be grafted onto something within their own Species, or, less common but possible, within their own Genus, and for a few, something in the same Family will work. It's probably fair to say that not all possible combinations of plants will have been tried - breeders and growers generally use grafting to produce a plant for market for a specific purpose, such as dwarfing, increased fruiting, increased vigour at a smaller size, and so on, and this ultimate aim would, to some degree, have restricted the plant choices they made.

This link gives general advice on grafting and some guidance on the subject of your question under 'How to Graft' https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=443

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  • Nice article, Bamboo. I am saving this one. – stormy Apr 21 '17 at 16:47

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