This is a twig for grafting.Fall/Winter. Seedling of Vandevere. Lampeter Township, PA, about 1800.
All-purpose apple still quite popular in Pennsylvania and occasionally grown in central Maine. Most admired as a culinary variety, particularly for pies. Medium-large roundish-oblate mild-flavored delicately aromatic tart fruit. Although its name comes from having originated adjacent to farmer William Gibbons’ smokehouse, the fruit actually looks smoky with its muted blend of yellows, greens and a reddish-brown blush.
Keeps well into late winter. Long willowy branches make this tree distinctive in the orchard. Some scab resistance. 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.