This is a twig for grafting.Early Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Wild seedling. John Bunker intro, Palermo, Maine, 2015.
Recently discovered seedling with fermented cider potential. Horrible-tasting fruit guaranteed to liven up even the most mundane pressing. A true spitter. Dense and spongy but remarkably juicy. Low in acid, with some astringency and a touch of bitterness, probably best categorized as a bittersharp. Recommended for trial by the truly adventurous and courageous cidermaker. Not for the faint of heart. We have several grafted here on the farm.
Fruit is medium-sized, roundish ovate, slightly ribbed, greasy, shiny, blushed red and orange. Discovered during a fruit-exploring trip in Somerset County, Maine, in the fall of 2015. I knew I’d found nirvana when I took my first bite. Appears to be annually bearing. Uncertain bloom time. Probably Z4.
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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.