Hayford Sweet Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. Maysville, Maine, circa 1870. Also called Hartford Sweet or simply Hayford.
A popular sweet apple prized long ago in northern Maine where there were very few decent winter apples. Not recommended farther south. Medium-sized blocky barrel-shaped and slightly conic fruit, colored an unusual light creamy opaque yellow, dappled with red-orange flecks, spots, short lines and a fiery blood-red blush. Scattered with brown dots. Fine-grained rich sweet but rather dry flesh. You won’t need to worry about the sauce being thin, and no need to add sugar. Its season is from October to January and perhaps even March in Aroostook county.
Rediscovered in Presque Isle in 2001 after decades in obscurity with the help of a Fedco Wanted poster and Steve Miller’s exemplary detective work. We rescued the tree just before it was cut down. The distinctive and rather stunning tree was quite large and bushy with uniquely small foliage. Z3.
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