This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Unknown parentage. May have originated in western Maine, before 1850, though some sources say it’s from Connecticut. Either way, Golden Ball was grown throughout Maine.
Dense sweet yellowish flesh is firm but not crisp. Mild flavor, best suited to cooking. Makes a superior sauce: fragrant, aromatic, soft textured, slightly tart, golden yellow.
Medium-large round-oblate rich glowing buttery-yellow fruit has undertones of green, like a potato exposed to the sun, with a russet stem-splash and numerous tiny russet dots. Truly a golden ball.
Located with the help of Robert McIntyre of Harpswell, not far from Brunswick. We had suspected that there was more than one Golden Ball, yet recent DNA tests proved that specimens from Weld in western Maine and from coastal Harpswell are identical, and also a match to the Golden Ball from the late Nick Botner’s collection.
Blooms midseason. Z4.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.
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.