Rubicon AppleWinter. Paw Paw, Van Buren County, MI, 1858. Also known as Paw Paw.
Firm fine-textured tender juicy subacid all-purpose fruit for fresh eating. Also makes an excellent pie. Medium-large roundish-oblong rusty red striped fruit.
We learned about Rubicon from Liz Lauer of Penobscot County, north of Bangor. Liz received her grafting scionwood from Belinda Toby of nearby Lakeville. Belinda told me that her relatives moved to Michigan generations ago and sent scions back to her great grandfather, Charles Boyce, who most likely grafted the family’s ancient tree. According to Belinda, it’s a “wonderful keeping apple… it freezes well… the goats even tried to kill it… it’s just a fine apple.” The family sent scions years ago to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts where it was added to their heirloom collection.
Extremely hardy. Probably blooms midseason. Z3-5. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)
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