Orr’s Island Cemetery Apple Scionwood


Orr’s Island Cemetery Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Late Fall. Unknown parentage. Harpswell, Maine. Productive seedling tree found growing on the edge of the Orr’s Island cemetery in Harpswell by MOFGA orchard coordinator Laura Sieger.

Large roundish-conic red fruit with a russet splash around the stem. Resembles Ben Davis but “bigger, shinier and brighter,” according to Laura. Crisp and juicy, good for fresh eating.

One of the wild apples used in a special single-barrel cider blend pressed and fermented at Whaleback Cider and sold at Perennial Cider Bar in Belfast as a benefit for the Maine Heritage Orchard.

On trial in MOFGA’s no-spray South Orchard. Z4.

881 Orr’s Island Cemetery
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L881A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
Ordering closed for the season
L881B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
Ordering closed for the season
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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 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 each) 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 ($4.50/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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.