Somerset of Maine Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Summer-Early Fall. Unknown parentage. Mercer, Somerset County, ME, before 1850. Also known as Somerset.
Large oblate all-purpose fruit is mostly covered with stripes and a wash of beautiful soft rusty red. Tender juicy subacid flesh. In the 1907 Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Report, WM Munson wrote, “It is an excellent apple and, when known, is highly prized as an early market variety.” Makes a really good single-variety September pie. The fruit keeps into late fall.
Very vigorous spreading tree. Has been bearing reliably in our orchard. Still a local favorite here and there around the state. One of Mercer’s several great contributions to the pomological world. (Another, of course, was Francis Fenton.) Blooms mid to late season. Z4.
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