Shavel Sharp Apple Scionwood

Shavel Sharp Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Possibly a wild seedling, Yarmouth, Maine, circa 1960.

In our ongoing search for bitter cider apples, this is a current favorite. We’d categorize this as a really bittersharp. Highly astringent and very difficult to eat.

You should have seen his expression when Steve Wood took a bite at the 2014 CiderDays. It still makes me giggle. Very juicy small red-striped fruit. (SG 1.055) Introduced to us by cidermaker Steve Barr who declared it the most bitter apple he’d ever tasted. So far, we agree.

We named it, a mash-up 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. Z4-8.

905 Shavel Sharp Apple Scionwood
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L905A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
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L905B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 for $4.50
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Additional Information


The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 15, 2019, for shipment around March 11.

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.