This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Unknown parentage. Solon, Maine.
Beautiful superb-tasting dessert apple. Surprisingly juicy distinctly tart full-flavored medium-to-large round-conic fruit. Rich buttery-yellow skin overspread with a veil of vibrant red-orange. Very good early season cider.
Perfectly ripe at the end of September in central Maine where, in a good year, you won’t find a better apple. At our Common Ground Fair taste tests, it usually vies for the crown with Cox’s Orange Pippin. It was the overwhelming favorite in 2017 and runner-up in 2018 and 2019.
In 1996 the late Roy Slamm convinced John Bunker to visit and subsequently propagate nursery stock from the three ancient “Strawberry” trees on his South Solon farm, thus saving the apple from almost certain extinction. Popularized throughout Fedcoland as “Canadian Strawberry” but recently found to be a DNA match with the old New York apple Washington Strawberry from the mid-1800s.
Fruit keeps about a month. Blooms midseason. Not to be confused with Chenango Strawberry. 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.