Otterson Apple Scionwood


Otterson Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage, entered into USDA apple germplasm repository in 1992.

Rediscovered and cultivated at Michigan State University by plant geneticist Dr. Steve van Nocker and botanist Chris Gottschalk, who have done extensive research and trials on red-fleshed apple varieties and started the Michigan PureRed breeding program. Singled out from more than a hundred varieties for its fruit size, vigor and disease resistance, as well as its deep red juice, high in anthocyanins and antioxidants. Tennis-ball–sized fruit is DARK red inside and out. Ferments into a rosé cider, winning honors at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition.

Highly ornamental purple-red foliage and pink flowers. On trial as far south as Missouri and west to California. Growing well in one of our local Maine nurseries. Z4.

879 Otterson
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L879A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
Ordering closed for the season
L879B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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Additional Information


The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.

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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.