This is a twig for grafting.Late Fall-Winter. Uncertain origin. Milo Gibson intro, Linnton, Ore., before 1975. Originally called Linnton.
Intensely flavored unusual dessert variety, in the same class as Frostbite, Hudson’s Golden Gem, Sweet Sixteen and Wickson. In a good year, the dense juicy flesh can be unmistakably licorice flavored. Good enough to win late fall taste tests. Still firm and flavorful in late December. Medium-large roundish fruit, partly greenish-yellow with a orange-red blush and an assortment of russet patches and netting.
Presumably a wild seedling discovered by Gibson (1905-1974) one of the founders of The North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX). A year after his death at the annual NAFEX meeting in Geneva, NY, his close friend Fred Ashworth organized the effort to change the apple’s name to honor the long-time fruit explorer. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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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.