This is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. (Ben Davis x McIntosh) NY Stn, 1915.
Although never as important as McIntosh, Cortland remains very popular throughout northern New England even in this era of many new introductions.
Medium-large slightly ribbed dull red fruit with a purple blush. Excellent eating and cooking. Slow-oxidizing white fine-grained crisp tender juicy flesh: very good in salads. Produces a surprisingly delightful cider, fresh or fermented, in a mix or even on its own. Stores for a month or so.
Vigorous tall upright spreading tree. Annual producer of heavy crops. A recent U Mass study showed Cortland’s resistance to apple maggot fly. Cortland bears young, so remove fruit for the first year or two to avoid stunting growth. Susceptible to scab. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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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.