This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Ukraine, circa 1700. Originally known as Aporta. Renamed Alexander in honor of the Czar Alexander I (1777-1825).
Very large round-conic fruit, faintly red-striped in the shade and brightly blushed orange-red in the sun. More conic than its famous oblate child, Wolf River. Firm coarse tender slightly tart juicy flesh, best known for its cooking qualities, although also quite good tart fresh eating.
First arrived in the U.S. in 1835 and quickly spread north. Long famous in Aroostook County and other northern areas where it can be picked for several weeks, reaching its prime in late fall.
Bears young. Good cropper. Blooms midseason. Resistant to scab. Very hardy. Z3.
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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.