This is a twig for grafting.Summer. One of the oldest American varieties, originating somewhere on the East Coast well before 1800. An apple with many synonyms including August Sweet, Autumn Bough, Early Bough, Early Sweetheart, Large Bough, Sweet Harvest…the list goes on. All the same apple!
Medium-sized round-conic fruit is soft light green with an occasional faint orange blush and usually a small russet splash around the stem. Sweet enough to be eaten for dessert while also having enough acid to be a good early culinary apple.
In central Maine it ripens towards the end of August and into September. First mentioned in A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees by William Coxe in 1817. Coxe simply calls it Bough. It came to Maine before 1850 and was sold by Taber’s nursery in Vassalboro. Z4.
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Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.
The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 18, 2022, for shipment around March 14. (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 ($5 each) 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 ($4.50/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.