This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Unknown parentage. Discovered on Musconetcong Mountain, 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 John topworked a wild tree at his place, it grew 4' the first year! Keeps till January. Blooms midseason. Z4.
863 King of Tompkins County
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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 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (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 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 (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.