Kola Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Malus ioensis ‘Elk River’ x Oldenburg. NE Hansen intro, SD Ag Exp Stn, Brookings, SD, 1922.
Highly unusual apple and tree. Small 2" roundish green fruit with a long thin stem and an occasional small slightly orange-yellow blush. Aromatic pungent extremely oily glossy skin. Powerfully perfumy, even before sliced, reminiscent of wet wool, grapefruit pith, bourbon, caramel and hair salon. Not bitter, but sharp and astringent. Usable in sauce but fresh-eaters beware! It is beyond intense. Guaranteed to add a lightning bolt to the dullest cider. (1.045-1053 SG; 11.5-13.2 Brix) The foliage looks like a cross between an apple and a birch.
Kola is the Sioux word for ‘friend.’ Tetraploid. Highly resistant or immune to fireblight. Incredibly hardy. Scionwood made available through the generosity of Ann Warner and Stu Cohen. Z2?-6.
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