This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Discovered on Musconetcong Mt, Washington, NJ, before 1800. Originally called Toma Red. Also called Tompkins King or simply King.
Old Maine favorite for eating right off the tree in October, as well as for sauce and fresh cider. Crisp yellow flesh, juicy, tender, coarse with balanced flavor. Large to very large round-blocky dark orange-red fruit.
The name is deceiving. It originated in New Jersey, later brought to Tompkins County, NY, where it picked up the name we know and its great reputation. Soon spread throughout the Northeast becoming popular whenever it was grown. Old trees can still be found in central and southern Maine. One of the reasons for its name must be its incredible vigor and productivity.
Young grafted trees outgrow all others. When I topworked a wild tree at our place, it grew 4' the first year! Keeps till January. 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.