Milo Gibson Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Fall-Winter. Uncertain origin. Milo Gibson intro, Linnton, OR, before 1975. Originally called Linnton.
Intensely flavored unusual dessert variety, in the same class as Frostbite, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Sweet Sixteen and Wickson. In a good year, the dense juicy flesh can be unmistakably licorice flavored. Good enough to win late fall taste tests. Still firm and flavorful in late December. Medium-large roundish fruit, partly greenish-yellow with a orange-red blush and an assortment of russet patches and netting.
Presumably a wild seedling discovered by Gibson (1905-1974) one of the founders of The North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX). A year after his death at the annual NAFEX meeting in Geneva, NY, his close friend Fred Ashworth organized the effort to change the apple’s name to honor the long-time fruit explorer. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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