This is a twig for grafting.Mid-Late Fall. Probably Russia, well before 1870. Also called Arabkoe and Arabka.
Dessert and cooking apple. Good tartness with a pleasant lingering sweetness. Roundish conic barrel-shaped fruit. A stunning apple: lavender to dusky rose with a purply-pink blush, a light bloom, and russet around the stem.
In 1870 the USDA imported 252 apple varieties from Russia in a frenzied attempt to locate hardy apples. The Russian names were soon mixed up beyond repair. We think this is Arabskoe, which was grown out in varietal trials overseen by WA Munson at UMaine.
We discovered the small but ancient apple tree on the Guptill Road in Belgrade, Maine, so for awhile we called it Guptill Lavender. Uncertain bloom time. Probably Z3.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.
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.