Harmon (aka Davis Purple) Apple Scionwood

Harmon (aka Davis Purple) Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Late Fall. J.H. Harmon intro, Buxton, Maine, about 1880.

Medium-sized dark purple-black fall dessert apple typically ripens around Oct. 5 in central Maine. High-quality fruit has subtle mild sweetness, hints of grape and a light grassy aftertaste. Not very tart.

Originated just outside Portland. At a glance, you could confuse Harmon with the winter apple Black Oxford. Both are dark purple-red with almost no stripes. Note that Harmon has white or grey dots, and Black Oxford has pinkish russet and dots, especially around the stem. Harmon’s blossoms are white, while Black Oxford’s are pink.

Brought to me many years ago by Don Essman of Standish, not far from Buxton. He called it Davis Purple. We finally identified it as Harmon a few years ago. Bloom midseason. Z4-7.

848 Harmon (aka Davis Purple) Apple Scionwood
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L848A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L848B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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Additional Information


The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 15, 2019, for shipment around March 11.

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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.