Ask Chris: I Heard That an Offspring of Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree is Growing on the Grounds of a Naval Research Lab in the Inland Empire. Is This True?

Our in-house historian has the answer

The tree has fallen far from the apple. The original that inspired the scientist 348 years ago still stands in the English countryside, but cuttings from it have been planted all over the world, including one dedicated in 1988 at the calibration lab for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Norco. Visitors can check out the grounds on Armed Forces Day in May; look out for pranksters who have been known to tie store-bought apples to the branches.