State Fair Apple Scionwood


State Fair Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Summer. MN 1639 (Mantet x Oriole). U Minn, 1978.

One of the best-flavored early apples for northern growers. The result of a 1949 breeding project that merged several of our most important hardy summer-fall varieties. From Mantet, the medium-sized fruit’s glossy red skin and all-around excellent flavor. From Oriole, its fine-grained texture, subacid flavor, and its rounded medium-sized tree. From its grandparent Tetofsky, its round shape and crisp tender juicy flesh. From Yellow Transparent (another grandparent), its productive and precocious nature, and its excellent culinary quality.

From all these ancestors comes its great hardiness. It has reportedly survived and fruited after temperatures of –40°. Keeps well for a summer apple. Ripens in time for the Minnesota State Fair, late August into early September. Z3

900 State Fair
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L900A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
L900B: 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