Melrose Apple Scionwood


Melrose Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Jonathan x Delicious. Ohio Ag Exp Stn, 1944.

Exceptionally flavored very juicy tart dessert apple. As Massachusetts organic grower John Bemis explains, it has “a tartness that mellows in storage but always has some balance to the flavor…never becoming purely sweet.” Large dull red partially russeted fruit cooks well, keeps well and doesn’t bruise.

Thrives in more southerly climes of New England but is also growing in some central Maine orchards. Prune to get lots of light to the fruit and don’t pick until apples turn good and red. Vigorous large spreading productive tree bears young and annually. Susceptible to scab. Blooms mid-late season. Z4.

870 Melrose
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L870A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L870B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:
By the stick: One 8" stick ($6 each) will graft 3 or 4 trees.
By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot ($5.50/foot, minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood.