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.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.
We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways. Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label. Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood. You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.
Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.