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In order to develop Claro root stock, nuts of a Claro Walnut tree are planted and raised to proper size for setting out.
At an early date, it was discovered that once in perhaps one hundred times, strange looking rootlings appeared, different in all respects. Old timers promptly called these peculiar looking strangers, Paradox Trees. The famous botanist, Luther Burbank, determined that Paradox was a hybrid result of a cross-pollination between English and Claro. The resultant tree is like neither parent. Bastogne is a low umbrella shaped tree of healthy vigorous growth. The wood is somewhat heavier and denser than either parent, about midway between English and Claro in color, and often of magnificent figure and contrast.