Golden Ball Apple Scionwood


Golden Ball Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. May have originated in western Maine, before 1850, though some sources say it’s from Connecticut. Either way, Golden Ball was grown throughout Maine.

Dense sweet yellowish flesh is firm but not crisp. Mild flavor, best suited to cooking. Makes a superior sauce: fragrant, aromatic, soft textured, slightly tart, golden yellow.

Medium-large round-oblate rich glowing buttery-yellow fruit has undertones of green, like a potato exposed to the sun, with a russet stem-splash and numerous tiny russet dots. Truly a golden ball.

Located with the help of Robert McIntyre of Harpswell, not far from Brunswick. We had suspected that there was more than one Golden Ball, yet recent DNA tests proved that specimens from Weld in western Maine and from coastal Harpswell are identical, and also a match to the Golden Ball from the late Nick Botner’s collection.

Blooms midseason. Z4.

843 Golden Ball
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L843A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
Ordering closed for the season
L843B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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Additional Information


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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.