This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Duchess x Hyslop crab. Castle Hill, Maine, about 1877. Also called Dudley and North Star.
Extremely hardy Duchess-type grown throughout northern New England and Canada for more than 100 years. Firm but tender, juicy aromatic subacid flesh for fresh eating and cooking. Medium-sized slightly flattened fruit is buttery yellow, overspread with red stripes and splashes. In appearance, less striped and more blushed than Duchess; in flavor, not quite as tart as Duchess; and, in northern areas—where it reaches its prime—Dudley will keep in the root cellar into winter.
Selected by the John Wesley Dudley family in the late 1800s. A highlight of 2017 was giving a talk at the Mapleton Historical Society, a couple of miles from the original Dudley farm. Not only was it a fun evening, but it was an honor to have several Dudley descendants in the audience.
Natural semi-dwarf. Blooms early-midseason. Z3.
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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.