Maiden Blush Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Summer-Fall. Probably Burlington, NJ, well before 1800. One of the oldest American varieties, ideal for all-purpose homestead use. Ripens over several weeks. Each waxen yellow cheek sports a crimson blush. Fine-grained white juicy flesh. A couple years ago Valerie Desrochers of Saco wrote to me, “This old tree is my friend and I would love to see it live on.” It was planted about the time of her grandfather’s wedding in 1890, and her brother was married under it. Something about that maiden’s blush? Her mother calls it “the Apple Pie Tree—sweet apples for pies and applesauce!” Ancient trees can still be found throughout Maine. Blooms mid to late season. Scionwood made available through the generosity of the Desrochers family. Z4-7.
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