Wallace Heuser, recognized internationally as an authority on tree fruit, rootstocks and orchard systems, has died. Heuser, 90, died Feb. 5 in Lawrence, Michigan.
For nearly three decades, Heuser was president of Hilltop Orchards and Nurseries, a multifaceted horticultural company with orchards, a packing house and nursery producing over a million fruit trees each year. He led the testing, development and release of several key apple varieties, including Redchief Red Delicious, Paulared, Jonnee and Macspur.
Later, as president of Summit Sales and International Plant Management, Heuser helped to introduce 40 new varieties to the industry, with another 100 in development.