When my children were small, we played a game. Whenever we ate an apple outside, we would through the core in the woods for the deer.
I often wondered over the years if any of the seeds germinated.
In later years, we planted an apple tree. Since our growing season is short, we chose a tree grafted on hardy rootstock. The scion (the upper part) died the first winter. The rootstock continued to grow and eventually started producing small apples.
This past spring, my husband found two wild apple trees at the edge of the woods.
Are they from the seeds of the apple cores? Or one of the wormy little apples from the rootstock tree?
We may never know for sure.