This is a twig for grafting.Summer. Unknown parentage. Carl A Hansen intro, Brookings, SD, 1949.
Once assumed to be the creation of fruit explorer and collector Morris Towle of Winthrop, Maine. However, research by Dan Bussey, manager of the Seeds Savers Exchange Historic Orchard and author of the seven-volume opus The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada, has straightened that out. It really comes from South Dakota.
Medium-sized fruit is wine red with patches and stripes of darker red and very small white dots. The very juicy coarse flesh is almost solid beet red: a real eye popper! Very good—though extremely tart—flavor, makes a great addition to cider or sauce, as well as fresh eating for those who like it tart.
Leaves are tomentose (soft and woolly) and have a dark reddish cast. Blossoms are light pink. Tree is a natural semi-dwarf. Blooms midseason. Z3.
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 each) 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 ($4.50/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.