This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Cyrus Deane intro, Temple, ME, about 1858. Also called Nine Ounce.
Large beautiful juicy subacid all-purpose fruit. Very white fine-textured melting flesh has the consistency of a perfect Mac but with none of the scab. Cooks up pretty quickly into a gorgeous orange-apricot-colored coarse slightly loose sauce. Medium to large fruit—mostly oblate, mottled with light red and pink stripes and blushed red with a russet splash around the stem—weighs exactly 9 ounces. (No guarantees.) Looks a bit like a cross between Northern Spy and Duchess. Maybe it is.
Ripens around Oct. 7 and keeps for a month. Four ancient trees are still fruiting on Tory Hill in Phillips, ME, not far from Temple where the Deane family hid escaped slaves en route to Canada. Now on trial in many Maine locations.
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.