Rolfe Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Early Fall. Blue Pearmain seedling. Abbot, ME, about 1820. First called Macomber.
Medium-sized round rosy-red striped and blushed fruit. Firm, sweet, mild. Excellent fresh eating and cooking for those who love McIntosh but don’t want to deal with scab. We never spray ours for scab and we get excellent fruit.
Popular in the 19th century in most cold regions of Maine, filling the fall McIntosh niche before Mac’s rise to fame. Although it was Jeremiah Rolfe who recognized the value of the apple that now bears his name, it was the Reverend Thomas Macomber who gave him the seedling tree, and it was Betsy Houston who originally planted the Blue Pearmain seed that spawned the first tree. Two commercial orchards still grow the apple: Sweetser’s in Cumberland Center and Olmstead’s in Charleston.
Keeps through the fall. Blooms midseason. Z3.
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