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Kavanagh Scionwood
Kavanagh Scionwood Apple Scionwood This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Damariscotta Mills, ME, 1790. Also called Cathead because of its distinctive shape with large stem end tapering to a small calyx end, typical of Irish apples. A large apple you see once and never forget. About half russet and half deep rich lime green. Slightly yellow flesh is mild, moderately crisp, moderately tart, and subtle. Our orchard crew called it, “vibrant, spunky, grassy and earthy with a nice punch.” Good for fall and early winter eating, excellent for cooking and drying. Foams up into creamy yellowish sauce, tart, tasty, medium-thick, a bit lumpy, no sugar necessary. The skin dissolves so there’s no need to strain the sauce. Locally renowned shipbuilder James Kavanagh brought this apple from Ireland as a seed or maybe a small tree when he moved to Maine. We first gathered our scionwood with historian and Kavanagh-enthusiast George Dow from what we thought was the last living tree. We’ve since discovered a half dozen more, one as far away as Freeport and another on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Grows to be a huge long-lived tree. Blooms late. Z4-6.
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L866A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L866B: 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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