This is a twig for grafting. Summer. Originated on the farm of Ichabod Thomas, Sidney, ME, about 1800. Also called King of Sweetings, King Sweet, Sidney Sweet, Sidney Sweeting or Thomas Sweet.
Medium-small tasty yellow fruit has a beautiful golden apricot-orange blush. Firm somewhat dry yellowish flesh with a mild sweet distinctly interesting flavor, best for summertime fresh eating. We begin to pick them around August 10. Cooks up into a nice tropical-flavored sauce—with hints of banana and pineapple—in about ten minutes. One of several rare varieties that longtime collector and orchardist Earland Goodhue of Sidney introduced to me. The first apple the neighborhood kids coveted every summer when Earland was growing up in Sidney a century ago. Healthy vigorous upright compact productive tree. Pick them off the tree or off the ground for about two weeks. 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.