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A Milwaukee postman planted something in 1926. What became of it?

Question #139687. Asked by queproblema.
Last updated Aug 30 2016.
Originally posted Mar 10 2015 11:10 PM.

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Hass avocado tree. "It was first grown and sold by Southern California mail carrier and amateur horticulturist Rudolph Hass". Further details on the following link:

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hass_avocado

Mar 10 2015, 11:49 PM
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Mailman and jack of many trades, Rudolph Hass, developed an avocado that has become the progenitor of 95% of the avocados that are currently commercially produced. This grand granddaddy of an avocado is consequently referred to as the "Hass avocado".

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Hass

Mar 10 2015, 11:54 PM
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The original Hass Avocado planted in 1926 by Rudolph Hass died in 2002.
In 2002, the tree to which every Hass Avocado in the world can trace its lineage finally succumbed to root rot at the ripe old age of 76. Her offspring account for 95 percent of the avocados grown in California, and the fruit of her labor resulted in one of the state's most important industries. Yet, despite speculation to the contrary, nobody knows what variety of seed produced the original Hass Mother Tree. The tree began life as lucky-find; a simple seed planted by A.R. Rideout of Whittier. Rideout, an innovator and pioneer in avocados, was always searching for new varieties and tended to plant whatever seeds he could find, often along streets or in neighbors' yards. In the late 1920s, Mr. Rudolph Hass, a postman, purchased a seed from Rideout, and planted it in his new orchard. He planned to graft another variety on it, but when repeated grafts didn't take he planned to cut the tree down. Fortunately for avocado lovers everywhere, Hass's children talked him out of it.

link http://www.californiaavocado.com/the-hass-avocado-a-california-native

The plaque can be seen here in google street view at 430 West Road, La Habra CA:
link http://tinyurl.com/googlemapsAvocadoLaHabra

Response last updated by Terry on Aug 30 2016.
Mar 11 2015, 7:46 AM
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