Nodhead Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. Hollis, New Hampshire, early 1800s. Also known as Jewett’s Red or Jewett’s Fine Red. Excellent tart eating right off the tree after a few frosty nights in October and remaining excellent well into winter. Tender and juicy. I’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation for the name, but I’ve grown to love the flat truncate oddly shaped medium-sized deep crimson fruit—resembling Winesap—and the neat small easily managed rounded tree. Like Blue Pearmain, its possible parent, it has a heavy blue bloom. Some years ago I received a wonderful note from Ruth King, “When I was a little girl (I’m 89 now) a Nodhead tree grew just outside our dining room. I expect it was quite frail as there were so few apples that the five of us kids squabbled as to who got the most!” Bears a crop every year. Keeps until midwinter. Long-lived, natural semi-dwarf tree. Blooms mid-season. Z4-6.
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