This is a twig for grafting. Late Summer. Massachusetts, early 1800s.
One of the best of all pie apples. Well named. The orangey-colored cooked fruit actually is sweet and spicy. Relatively low in acid, unusual for a pie apple. Most sweet apples are unsuitable for pies, but Spice Sweet is exceptional. Very good fresh eating as well. Medium-size lumpy red fruit resembles Northern Spy.
Laura Childs rediscovered it in 2011 in Belgrade, ME, on the old Bickford Farm. The Bickford grandparents always called it Old Spice. There are historical records of multiple apples with the name Spice Sweet or Spice Sweeting. This one is likely the Spice Sweeting described by Dr. John Warder in 1867.
Blooms midseason. Z4.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.
We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways. Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label. Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood. You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.
Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.