This is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Wyman B. Collins intro, Cherryfield, ME, about 1850. Also called Collins. Popularized more than 100 years ago by David Wass Campbell of Cherryfield and Welton Munson of the University of Maine.
This all-purpose variety does everything well. We love it. Relatively tart with only a hint of sweetness. Makes a fairly quick tart sauce with a smooth texture—the skins mostly dissolve. Good in salads. Makes a highly flavored pie with great color and texture. Excellent sliced up on pizza. Irregular conic shape, washed and striped with pink. Ripens about Oct. 15 and keeps until the end of March.
Rediscovered with the help of Majory Brown, Larry Brown, and Kathy Upton, all of Cherryfield, Maine. Historically, may have been grown in Kennebec County under the name Benton Red.
Tree vigorous, hardy, spreading and productive. Blooms early-midseason. Z4.
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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.