This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown origin. May have originated in Europe as early as the 17th century, and probably brought to Canada’s St. Lawrence Valley by French immigrants. Found its way into Maine about 150 years ago.
Medium-small russet fruit with a longtime reputation as one of the very best dessert apples. Firm, crisp, juicy, rich, subacid and aromatic, with interesting aftertastes. Superb fresh eating. The combination of the chalky russet and the green ground color give the skin its grey (grise) appearance.
Vigorous dense round spreading tree prefers northern locations. John’s has been consistently productive. Keeps fairly well, still crunchy in January. Blooms midseason. Z3.
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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.