This is a twig for grafting.Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. New Sweden, Aroostook County, Maine.
Orchardist and fruit explorer Steve Miller of northern Maine introduced John Bunker to this seedling growing on the side of a potato-house earth berm in New Sweden.
Bears extremely well and the fruit is large, beautiful and good quality. John went on to graft this apple in his own orchard in Palermo and has grown to like it very much.
A beautiful spotless red-violet color. Large and absolutely magnificent round-oblate fruit. Perfectly shaped. Noticeably ribbed, but overall appearance is round.
Keeps remarkably well, and tastes better in January than in October. A very decent dessert fruit that would likely be good for sauce.
Very hardy. Z3.
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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 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (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 ($6 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 ($5.50/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.