Kavanagh Apple Scionwood


Kavanagh Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Parentage unknown. James Kavanagh intro, Damariscotta Mills, Maine, 1790.

This unforgettable large russet apple is sometimes called Cathead because of its distinctive shape: a large stem end tapering to a small blossom end, typical of some Irish varieties and of the cats’ noggins. About half russet and half deep rich lime green. Good fall and early winter eating, excellent for cooking, drying and even frying. The slightly yellow flesh is mild, moderately crisp, moderately tart and subtle. Quickly cooks up into a frothy yellowish sauce—tart, tasty, thick, incredibly creamy with skins dissolved. No sugar necessary.

Popular ages ago along the Maine coastal peninsulas, anywhere a schooner could land. Thought to have disappeared forever but rediscovered in 1978 by George Dow in Newcastle, Maine. Blooms late. Z4.

856 Kavanagh
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L856A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
L856B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.