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January 9, 2011

Hass Mother Tree

1926-2002

Hass Mother TreeIn 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 Hass Avocado offspring account for 95% of the avocados grown in California, and the fruit of her labor resulted in an important industry for the state.

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 the seedling tree 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.

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