This is a twig for grafting. Winter. Heirloom of uncertain origin, possibly western NJ before 1700.
One of the oldest and most revered of all American varieties. Conic and somewhat rounded fruit is almost entirely covered with reddish blush and deeper red stripes, sometimes with a prominent pinkish russet splash and some red russet netting. True to its name, one of the best for cider. Tart reddish juice. Also considered outstanding for pies.
Although not normally associated with northern New England, over the years many old-timers have told John Bunker about trees they remember from their youth and old trees can still be found here and there. Adaptable to many soils and climates. Keeps until early spring. Blooms mid-late. 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.