Tarecap Bitter Apple Scionwood


Tarecap Bitter Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Bittersweet cider apple. Unknown parentage. Old seedling tree discovered by Thomas Foote, Hiram, ME.

Mildly astringent, mellowing after frost and hanging on the tree indefinitely. Good potential for late-season cider pressings. The round long-stemmed 2–3" fruit, relatively large for a cider apple, is an attractive ruddy rusty red over muted yellow-green ground color. Thriving in MOFGA’s no-spray low-intervention South Orchard, where it is displaying natural disease and pest resistance. There’s a good crop on the trees there this year—we’ll let you know how the cider turns out! Uncertain bloom time. Z4.

905 Tarecap Bitter
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L 905 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 905 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