This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Westfield, Mass., mid-18th century.
One of the most famous of all heirloom dessert apples. Still loved by anyone who knows it. A Hudson River grower of 200 varieties declared it “the best apple in the world.”
Medium-sized roundish-conic fruit is dull rusty red, yellow, conspicuously dotted and sometimes russeted. Highly flavored, rich, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, firm, crisp and juicy. It has everything. The Apples of New York calls it “rich, sometimes astringent, peculiarly aromatic, sprightly, very good to best.” Also an outstanding drying apple. Keeps until early winter.
Hardier tree than Baldwin. Michael Clark of Knox, Maine, provided scionwood. His ancient tree is a sight to behold. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 21, 2020, for shipment around March 16.
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.