This is a twig for grafting.Summer. Unknown parentage. Carl A. Hansen intro, Brookings, SD, 1949.
Medium-sized fruit is wine red with patches and stripes of darker red and very small white dots. The very juicy coarse flesh is almost solid beet red, deeper color than Redfield. Very good—though extremely tart—cranberry flavor. Makes a colorful addition to fresh cider or sauce. Good fresh eating for those who like it tart.
For many years we assumed the apple was the creation of the Winthrop, Maine, fruit explorer and collector Morris Towle, who had it in his collection. Dan Bussey’s research has straightened that out. It must have come back east shortly after its introduction.
Leaves are tomentose (soft and woolly) and have a dark reddish cast. Blossoms are light pink. Tree is a natural semi-dwarf. Blooms midseason. 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.