This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Seedling of Winesap, Fayetteville, TN, c. 1830. Also known as Paragon.
This apple has a muddled history with much debate over whether it is distinct from Mammoth Black Twig, aka Arkansas. Also commonly mixed up with another famous southern apple, Arkansas Black. Confusing origins and nomenclature aside, Black Twig became one of the most popular apples in the South and was among the favorites of Lee Calhoun, famed apple hunter and author of Old Southern Apples. Made its way up North, and we’ve discovered some ancient trees in an old overgrown orchard row in central Maine.
Medium to large, somewhat flattened and oblate, deep red with some striping over a green ground color. Yellowish flesh is firm but juicy, subacid and aromatic. Great for fresh eating, cider and cooking. Great keeper, and like Arkansas Black it reaches peak flavor after some time in storage.
Productive trees show natural resistance to many pests and diseases including fireblight and rust. Blooms midseason. 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 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (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 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 (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.