This is a twig for grafting.Fall. Unknown parentage. George M. Hudson intro, Shultz, Barry County, MI, 1890s. Originally called Hudson’s Pride of Michigan but eventually sold as Opalescent by Dayton Star Nurseries, Xenia, OH, 1899.
Highly flavored dessert apple, well known among collectors. Very large brilliant deep red white-dotted fruit. Crisp, sweet, tart, juicy—but most of all supremely flavorful. Also considered a good cooking apple. Keeps till mid-late winter. Would be an excellent apple for the small commercial orchard farm stand or the CSA.
Likely at its best from Massachusetts north. For years, our scionwood came from an ancient broken-down tree three miles from John Bunker’s Super Chilly Farm in Palermo, Maine. Every fall he’d stop by to grab a few fruits. Vigorous medium-sized productive tree. 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 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 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 ($4.50/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.