This is a twig for grafting.Summer. Trail x Osman. Beaverlodge Research Farm, Alberta, Canada, 1973.
In spite of its small size, this is an exceptionally delicious fruit for fresh eating. Spicy sweet crisp crunchy golden-yellow flesh. Visitors who try it in John’s orchard usually fall in love with it instantly. Some have called it the best summer apple they’ve ever tasted—some even call it their favorite apple of any season!
Ripens around Aug. 20 in central Maine. Translucent yellow skin has a porcelain finish, white bloom and sometimes a brownish-red blush. Fruit the size and shape of an egg. Hangs on the tree for two weeks without softening. Precocious annually productive moderately vigorous somewhat drooping and spreading tree. Exceedingly hardy, possibly to Zone 2. Might be tasteless south of Zone 6. One of the first to bloom each year. Zone 3 or even 2.
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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.