Guerilla Grafters: Adding Fruit to Ornamental Trees

Many years ago, I was appalled to find gorgeous ornamental orange trees in the parking strips located in several Southern California towns. When I jumped out of the car, picked one up, and tried to eat it – it was horribly bitter. Why plant trees with fruit that beautiful that is totally inedible? The Guerilla Grafters have the right idea!

The Guerrilla Grafters are a group of San Franciscans who believe urban trees are a precious thing to waste on simple flowers. Their goal is to graft – albeit illegally – fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing fruit trees, in hopes that over time the cities ornamental trees can provide food for residents free of charge.

Learn more about the project here: Guerilla Grafters