¶Of Malo. chap. 98.
MAlus, the apple trée, is a Trée, that beareth apples, and is a greate trée in it selfe, but it is lesse and more short then other trées of the woods, with knots & riueled rind, and maketh shadow with thicke boughs & branches, & is faire with diuers blossomes, & flowres, & is liking with good fruit and noble, & is gracious in sight and in tast, & vertuous in medi∣cine, and the apple is called Malum, mali, but the trée is called Hec malis, & Hec pomus also: and hath that name, for that the fruit thereof is round. And so apples that be most round be called Mala, as I∣sidore saith, li. 17. For Malum in Gréek, is Rotundum in Latine, and rounde in English.
The apple trée is diuers and varieng from other trées of woods: for the apple trée, and namely the tame apple trée, is of double kinde, for the stocke thereof, springeth on the ground, and the graffe thereof springeth of another trée, and is graffed on the stocke, and is so oned by graffing, that of twaine is one compow∣ned, and the graffe so graffed, tourneth al the vertue of the stocke into his owne kinde and qualitie, as Affredus saith, su∣per finem primi li. vegitab. Looke before in the same booke in the treatise of graf∣fing of trées, about the beginning.
The apple trée waxeth barren, excepte it be pared and shredde, and discharged of water boughs, & of superfluity, as he sai∣eth. For ye humour which is drawen frō the root, sufficeth not to bring forth fruit, if it passeth into nourishing and séeding, of barren boughs & branches. Looke be∣fore de fructificatione arborum, et causa ciusdem.
Of Apples trees is diuerse kindes, for some beareth sowrish fruit & hard, & some right sowre, & some right swéete, with a good sauour and pleasaunt. And this diuersity cōmeth of diuers qualities, of the humours, & of more féeble or more strong working of heate that is in the root, as it is touched before in the begin∣ning.