Shavel Sharp Apple Scionwood


Shavel Sharp Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Yarmouth, ME, c. 1960.

In our ongoing search for local bitter cider apples, this is a current favorite. Introduced to us by cidermaker Steve Barr who declared it the most bitter apple he’d ever tasted. It’s right up there. Small (1 1/2–2") red-striped fruit is very juicy, highly astringent and very difficult to eat. We dare you to try one and keep a straight face! The original tree may be a seedling or possibly a rootstock with a failed graft. Our name for it is a combination of the current owners’ name and the farm’s traditional name.

Scionwood made available through the generosity of the Shavel family at the old Sharp Farm. Blooms mid-late season. Z4.

894 Shavel Sharp
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L 894 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 894 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