Cellar Hole Bitter Apple Scionwood


Cellar Hole Bitter Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Full bittersweet cider apple. Unknown parentage. Gene Cartwright, Whaleback Cider intro, 2015. Discovered near an old overgrown cellar hole down the road from Whaleback’s orchard and cidery in Lincolnville, ME.

Very bitter yellow fruit with spots of pink and orange when fully ripe in mid-October. As Gene describes it, “Intense tannins, not terribly juicy but can pack some sugars.” He measured a whopping 21 Brix in some highly colored specimens from the sunny side of the tree.

Gene has tamed the wild mother tree with artful pruning but has to fight the porcupines for a share of the large annual crop. Another one of the local discoveries on trial at MOFGA’s low-intervention no-spray South Orchard, where hopefully the quill pigs will stay away. Z4.

819 Cellar Hole Bitter
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L819A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
L819B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.