Rolfe Apple Scionwood


Rolfe Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Early Fall. Blue Pearmain seedling. Abbot, ME, about 1820. First called Macomber.

Medium-sized round rosy-red striped and blushed fruit. Firm, sweet, mild. Excellent fresh eating and cooking for those who love McIntosh but don’t want to deal with scab. We never spray ours for scab and we get excellent fruit.

Popular in the 19th century in most cold regions of Maine, filling the fall McIntosh niche before Mac’s rise to fame. Although it was Jeremiah Rolfe who recognized the value of the apple that now bears his name, it was the Reverend Thomas Macomber who gave him the seedling tree, and it was Betsy Houston who originally planted the Blue Pearmain seed that spawned the first tree. Two commercial orchards still grow the apple: Sweetser’s in Cumberland Center and Olmstead’s in Charleston.

Keeps through the fall. Blooms midseason. Z3.

890 Rolfe
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L890A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L890B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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Additional Information


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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.