Sweet Sal Apple Scionwood


Sweet Sal Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Summer-Fall-Winter. Seedling of Northern Spy. Winthrop, Maine. Maine orchardist Morris Towle (1911-1993) named this discovery for his daughter. We’re fairly sure that only one mature tree remains alive today.

The medium-sized roundish fruit is washed with vibrant purple-pink, overlaid with stripes of deep rusty red and covered with pink dots. The flesh has no acidity, perfect for those who don’t like ’em tart. Likely a good sweet component for fermented cider. Can be eaten from August to March although at its best in October.

Like its parent Northern Spy, it comes into bearing later than most varieties and keeps extremely well. In fact, we’ve been surprised at what a good storage apple it is. Tree is vigorous and grows upright.

It was a treat to meet Sally Dawson, Sal herself, some years ago. Apparently there was also a Sour Sal, but that one seems to have disappeared!

Blooms midseason. Z4.

903 Sweet Sal
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L 903 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 903 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (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 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 (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.

For more info:
About Scionwood