Kola Apple Scionwood


Kola Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Sharp cider apple. Malus coronaria ‘Elk River’ x Duchess of Oldenburg. NE Hansen, SD Ag Exp Sta, 1922.

A rare cross developed by Niels Hansen during his quest for hardy varieties for the Upper Midwest and the prairie provinces. Highly unusual tetraploid (68 chromosomes) fruit. Small 2" roundish-oblate fruit with no cavity, a long thin stem, and greasy oily smooth green skin with an occasional yellowish blush. The powerfully fragrant fruit—wet wool, bourbon, hair salon, rhubarb, strawberry or caramel—is sharp and astringent. Tastes like soap and thought to be highly nutritious! Recommended for trial by all adventurous cidermakers.

Has ornamental value with salmon-rose buds, light pink single flowers and almost all colors of the rainbow in its wonderful fall foliage. Introduced to us by Ann Warner and Stu Cohen of Newburgh, Maine. Kola is the Sioux word for ‘friend.’ Uncertain bloom time. Z3. Indigenous Royalties.

865 Kola
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L865A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
L865B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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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 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.

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