Frostbite Apple Scionwood


Frostbite Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. MN 447. Parentage unknown. First fruited in 1921; named and introduced by the U Minn in 2008. Lost in the dustbin of weird apples for nearly 90 years before it was finally named and released.

A massively flavored dessert apple, the one we most look forward to on our farm each fall. Likely the most distinctive, complex and unusually flavored apple you’ll ever try. Astonished eaters have described it as tasting like molasses, olives, sugar cane, cheap whisky, yogurt, tobacco juice, and so on. We love it. The aromatic crisp crystalline apricot-orange flesh, with its occasional red staining, is so juicy it might run down your hand. The roundish fruit is medium-sized and entirely covered with dark bluish-purple stripes.

Extremely hardy, productive and reliable; at its best in colder districts. One of the parents of the popular Sweet Sixteen. Blooms midseason. Z3.

837 Frostbite
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L837A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L837B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:
By the stick: One 8" stick ($6 each) will graft 3 or 4 trees.
By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot ($5.50/foot, minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood.