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Ben Davis Scionwood
Ben Davis Scionwood Apple Scionwood This is a twig for grafting. Winter. Unknown parentage. Maine, about 1840. The most important commercial apple in Maine during the late 19th c. Many thousands of bushels were shipped around the world and a great many Mainers made their modest fortunes on this apple. There has been ongoing confusion around its origin. Now it seems the apple originated on the farm of Benjamin Davis of Minot, ME, 160 years ago. If this is correct, it would be Maine’s most famous apple. An orchardist’s dream tree: annually bearing, easy to grow, perfectly shaped. Large roundish-conic unbelievably beautiful red striped and blushed fruit. It may be the most beautiful apple that ever was. If only beauty weren’t skin deep. The fruit is generally dry and tasteless. The flavor’s been compared to cork and cardboard. For the sake of science I did try one with salt this past winter. I’d call it a definite improvement, especially if you like salt. Keeps all winter. By March, the fruit is somewhat greasy. We offer it as a service to the Ben Davis die-hards of the world. Enjoy! Z4-7.
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L810A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L810B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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Additional Information


We offer scionwood (twigs for grafting) from a wide selection of fruit trees. The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2017, for shipment around March 16. Rootstocks can be sent with your scionwood order.

We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways.
For those grafting up to 3 or 4 trees of a variety, one 8" stick will suffice. Each single 8" stick comes with a small paper ID label. This is how most of our customers purchase scionwood.
For commercial orchardists and others grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to 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 not trees!
Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them. They are cuttings from branch tips collected in the winter to be grafted in the spring.
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