I have seen the following sentence in a book:
..., but the branch with the eight apples on it was in his hand when I first saw him.
My question is, is "on it" a necessary part from this sentence? Can I just say: "the branch with eight apples was in his hand when I first saw him" ? If I can, please explain the different meaning (if there is a difference) between the sentences with "on it" and the one without "on it".
Thanks a lot :)