|This is a single tree that laid over and struck roots, then some of those branches or stems laid over again and struck roots again. Over the course of 220 years the original tree expanded in several directions in this manner and now covers a quarter-acre. This tree is in Krolevets, Ukraine. Photo credit kolokray.com|
The kind of tree that is optimal for the production of eating-quality fruit does NOT look like the tree shown above. On the other hand, the seed germinated over two hundred years ago and the tree is still spreading.
The point is that that a tree with the chops to survive more that two-centuries is not likely to look like the tree designed to put money in the pocket of a fruit-grower in 2020.