- grafting in the top, as of a tree, in order to replace existing branches with those of a more desired variety or form.
Origin of top grafting
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for top grafting
Cleft-grafting is often employed for other purposes than the 88 top-grafting of old trees.
Free from blight and apparently valuable as a stock for top-grafting.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
This is particularly the case in stock-grafts and in renewing an orchard by top-grafting.American Pomology
J. A. Warder
Any varieties of butternut or black walnut can be propagated by budding or top-grafting them on seedling stocks.
The most important factor in the top-grafting of an old tree is the shaping of the top.