This is a twig for grafting.Winter. Unknown parentage. Silas S Stiles intro, Mapleton, Maine, before 1870. Also called Aroostook.
Small, bright and salmon-colored with a light-golden russet. Fine-grained sweet flesh. Resembles the famous Pomme Grise. But unlike Pomme Grise, it will keep until late spring or even into July.
Said to be a seedling of “Greening” most likely referring to Rhode Island Greening but possibly any number of other large green apples.
Rediscovered in Mapleton with the help of Leslie Gardiner and Gary Kazsas. It would be highly unlikely to find trees outside of northwestern Maine, up near Ashland and Presque Isle. However, Aroostook Sunset is now growing strong at the Maine Heritage Orchard and a few other central Maine locations. Vigorous productive tree. Z3.
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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 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 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 ($4.50/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.