Ribston Pippin Apple Scionwood


Ribston Pippin Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Ribston Hall, Yorkshire, England, about 1688.

Highly recommended, richly flavored, multi-colored, partly russeted late fall dessert apple.

In the words of Robert Hogg, the preeminent English pomologist of the 19th century, “There is no apple which has ever been introduced to this country, or indigenous to it, which is more generally cultivated, more familiarly known, or held in higher popular estimation than Ribston Pippin.” One should never assume an English apple will do as well in the U.S., but Ribston is an exception. It was brought to Kennebec County about the time of the Revolution and then became one of the state’s most important apples. Maine Farmer reported in 1854 that Ribston “does better in Maine than any where in the U.S.”

Also well known as the parent of the even more famous Cox’s Orange Pippin, as well as of Starkey, one of John’ all-time favorite Maine apples. Blooms midseason. Z4.

889 Ribston Pippin
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L 889 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 889 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (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 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 (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.

For more info:
About Scionwood