This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Unknown parentage. Probably originated on Sand Hill, Somerville, ME, before 1850.
Incredibly impressive massive open-vase tree with five huge spreading limbs is likely one of the oldest trees in Midcoast Maine. A young tree grafted from the original at the Maine Heritage Orchard is also growing vigorously, outpacing its neighbors. Fruit resembles Tolman Sweet in shape and color. Round yellow-green all-purpose fruit has relatively low acidity and very high SG (1.067)—a good candidate for a sweet component in cider blends.
In the endless quest for ancient apple trees, Sand Hill is a major discovery. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (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 ($6 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 ($5.50/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.