This 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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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 21, 2020, for shipment around March 16.
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.