from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bud that contains the germ of fruit; a bud that will, under favorable circumstances, produce fruit.
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A bud formed at the side of _s_ to continue the growth of the spur next year (1921), but it is a leaf-bud; apparently there was not sufficient energy to bear flowers and to make a fruit-bud; so there would have been no more fruit on this spur earlier than 1922: thus do we see that the alternate bearing of the apple-tree may have some of its origin in the fruit-spur.
The bud in the center is a big one, already recognized as a fruit-bud: here is the promise of speckled, furrowed, striped apples next August.
The lower one (_s_) grew less than an inch in 1919, and made a fruit-bud; in 1920 it blossomed and one fruit set as is shown by the square scar at the end; as the scar is small and the twig weak, we are safe in assuming that the apple was very small or else did not mature.
The side bud in this case is a fruit-bud, but it is small and weak and is probably incapable of producing a fruit.
The other shoots have similar histories: the long shoot _i_ bore a fruit-bud at _k_ in 1919 and a fruit in 1920; in 1920 it also made three lateral shoots and a terminal shoot, with flower-buds terminating two of them.
Green leaves not necessary to the fruit-bud; green leaves of Colchicum belong to the new bulb not to the flower.
From these observations I am led to doubt whether green leaves be absolutely necessary to the progress of the fruit-bud after the last year's leaves are fallen off.