Royal Sweet Apple Scionwood


Royal Sweet Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Probably Garland, Maine, before 1900.

Sweet low-acid flesh with high SG, suitable for fermented cider and cooking. Medium-sized fruit is oblate and ribbed, though not as deeply as Calville Blanc d’Hiver. Mostly covered with soft red stripes and blush.

In October 2014 we visited Rollins Orchard in Garland and Ernest Rollins took us to see the gigantic old wide-spreading tree, more than likely the original Royal Sweet. Specimens of the apple were sent from Garland to the USDA in 1894 where one was painted and added to the watercolor collection. Scionwood made available through the generosity of Rollins Orchard. Uncertain bloom time. Z4.

892 Royal Sweet
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L 892 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 892 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