Spice Sweet Apple Scionwood


Spice Sweet Apple Scionwood

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, Maine, 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.

896 Spice Sweet
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L 896 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 896 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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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 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (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 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 (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