Clarence Knight Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Mid-Late Fall. Bittersweet cider apple. Probably Lincolnville, Maine, before 1900.

Gene Cartwright of Whaleback Cider recently found this seedling tree in an old orchard near his home in Lincolnville. He describes the fruit as having a “bitterness pronounced before peak ripeness but tapering to a more mild sweetness when fully ripe. I don’t find it to be all that astringent, would be more inclined to call it a bittersweet.”

The fruit develops an orange-red blush that slowly spreads to most of the apple by peak ripeness in late October to early November. Gene calls it Clarence Knight after the first settler of the property. The Knights may have been the ones who planted the seed. Recommended for trial in all cider-apple growing areas.

Moderate cropper. Willowy rangy largely tip-bearing tree. Blooms midseason. Z4-7.

826 Clarence Knight Apple Scionwood
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L826A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L826B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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Additional Information


The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 15, 2019, for shipment around March 11.

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.