Starkey Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Early Winter. Seedling of Ribston Pippin. Vassalboro, Maine, 1820. A superb fall fresh-eating apple with an exquisite combination of crisp sweetness and tartness reminiscent of a perfectly ripe Concord grape. Medium-sized roundish fruit is rosy red, covered almost completely with fine lines, shades and stripes of darker reds, and sprinkled with pronounced white dots. Tendency towards biennial bearing although it will produce a crop every year if pruned and thinned. Keeps well into winter. We begin to get into them in late September, with perfect eating around the New Year. Still quite decent in February. Originated on the farm of Moses Starkey, a Quaker minister in North Vassalboro. Listed in The Apples of New York but never gained popularity outside central Maine. Blooms early to midseason. Z4-6.
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