Kennebec Russet Apple Scionwood


Kennebec Russet Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Kennebec County, Maine, 1869. Also called Kennebec.

Medium-sized russet with little acidity. Used for cider and makes excellent sauce; leave the sweet tasty pear-like skins on when you cook them. Round long-stemmed fruit with yellow skin, mostly covered with a netting of russet.

The ancient tree is located on Waterville city property and was brought to our attention in 2012 by Fedco staffer Carol Godfrey. The tree was spared from a new highway exit, and the city gave us permission to collect fruit and care for the tree. Ripens in early October and keeps only a few weeks. Z4.

858 Kennebec Russet
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L858A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
Ordering closed for the season
L858B: 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.