Keepsake Apple Scionwood


Keepsake Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Winter. MN 1593. (MN 447 [Frostbite] x Northern Spy). U Minn, 1979.

One of the best of all winter storage varieties. Fine-textured flesh is hard, crisp, juicy and sweet. Excellent aromatic flavor, but wait about a month after picking before eating. Well named—keeps until July in the root cellar.

Irregular conic medium-sized fruit is almost entirely overlaid with stripes and a wash of very deep red. Same parentage as Sweet Sixteen. Resembles Frostbite and Sweet Sixteen in appearance and taste, although the flavor is not quite as intense. Fruit size can be somewhat small.

Don’t be afraid to thin the crop each year 3 or 4 weeks after petal fall. You’ll be happy you did. Moderately vigorous medium-sized tree reaches its prime in northern New England and the Upper Midwest.

Somewhat resistant to scab. Blooms late. Z3.

857 Keepsake
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L857A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
L857B: 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.