This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Bittersweet cider apple. Unknown parentage. A seedling discovered by John Bunker in Farmington, Maine, in 2017.
Small to medium oval-conic fruit with a faint orange blush that shades the green skin to olive. Seems to be scab-free and highly insect resistant.
In a stand of other seedlings with codling moth damage, the fruit on this tree had none. Juicy and very astringent; a good addition to a cider blend. (5.5 Brix, 1.063 SG) One of the varieties on trial in MOFGA’s low-intervention no-spray South Orchard. 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 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.