This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Probably originating in Massachusetts, Connecticut or maybe Maine, before 1870. There are several different Pumpkin Sweets found in New England. This one was traditionally grown throughout the southern half of Maine.
The fruit is large, roundish, russeted and often highly colored with brilliant splashes of orange and red. It’s a true sweet cooking and cider variety with little or no acidity.
Mentioned in the Maine recollections of Henry Sanders, 1868-1956: “One was a full meal, even for a hungry boy. Baked and sliced into johnnycake and milk, it was a holiday dish.” Josiah Pierce of Baldwin, Maine, was the first to insist that we find the apple. Many thanks to Mt. Nebo Orchards in Mount Vernon for supplying the scionwood. Z4.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 21, 2020, for shipment around March 16.
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.