This is a twig for grafting.Winter. Thought to be a seedling of Winesap, found in Benton County, AR, before 1870, and later widely grown throughout the state and in Missouri.
A bit like Winesap in its conic shape but not in color. Entirely deep purple with no stripes or ground color. Cannot be confused with Black Oxford, which is considerably rounder and multi-hued. Crisp juicy firm yellowish flesh. Said to be good in cider. Keeps all winter. A beloved apple in the South, and some growers have had success with it here in central Maine. Z5, maybe Z4.
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)
We sell scionwood in two ways: By the stick: One 8" stick ($6 each) will graft 3 or 4 trees. By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot ($5.50/foot, minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.
You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.