Thompson Apple Scionwood


Thompson Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Summer. Seed from Barre, Mass., unknown parentage. Mercer, Somerset County, Maine, 1816.

Early season eating and cooking apple, ripens in August. Round-conic shape reminiscent of Red Delicious, solid red overspread with stripes of darker red. Glistening crystalline firm white flesh with a pink hue just below the skin. Sweet flavor has hints of plum and pear. Does not keep.

Great confusion and passion surrounds this apple that was introduced by John Thompson, one of Mercer’s earliest settlers. Some claim that the fruit is synonymous with the Massachusetts apple Williams. (They are quite similar.) Others claim it’s synonymous with John Thompson’s other introduction, Somerset of Maine. (Not!) At least two Thompson trees that we know of are still standing in Mercer, an exceedingly old one on Bacon Road and another more recently grafted at Francis Fenton’s Sandy River Orchard.

Rare. Blooms midseason. Z4.

909 Thompson
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L909A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $5.00
Ordering closed for the season
L909B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $4.50
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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 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.

For more info:
About Scionwood.