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Gray Pearmain Apple


unknown parentage, likely before 1870
possibly from Skowhegan, Maine

 

Grafted 2013 -- (1) branch of wild seedling Splitter

(#2) wild seedling rootstock Honeycrisp-2
 

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2013 grafted with scion from Fedco, Maine. One on a south branch of wild apple 'Splitter' (east of shop), and a second on a low branch of wild seedling whose main graft is Honeycrisp by the outhouse. It sounds like an interesting and good apple (see online notes at bottom of page) and I look forward to tasting the fruit.



2021 - #1 (Splitter) vigorous, healthy growth.   #2 (outhouseHC) OK.


2019 - #1 Splitter more vigorous (older tree), healthy.   #2 slow growing but doing OK.


2018 - #1 - Good 5-12" growth side branches & several longer shoots. Looks good.
#2 - Growth thin but looking much better, 5-8".
#3 - Whole thing died over winter, rootstock and scion. Bummer.


2017 - #1 - Good growth, healthy, light blight/insect presence.  
#2 - Several inches growth, looking better. Some insect damage.  
#3 - own scion grafted onto wild apple/crab a8, east orchard. Nice 2 yr rootstock, grafted fairly high. Long 9" thin scion, top bud 9" healthy growth, lightly discolored leaves, 40" height total.


2015 - #1 - good growth.   #2 - growing but still thin, looks rough a few inches of stem around graft but guess is OK.


2014 -  (#1) - Cut back 1/3 long shoot. Turned out all last years shoot winterkilled. Thankfully some shoots growing on prev year’s growth. (#2) - growing fine, but rather thin.


2013 - Scion from Fedco. (#1) - grafted on south branch of wild "splitter" tree east of shop. Finally popped 6/27! Grew fine.  (#2) - grafted on east branch of "Honeycrisp2" apple by outhouse. 6/16 a bit of green showing at both buds. Hurray!



Online Notes: Fall-Winter. Delicious fresh eating with distinct pear flavor, firm white juicy, mildly tart flesh. Steadily gaining a devoted following. Medium-sized slightly ribbed and muffin-shaped fruit has a soft opaque greenish-yellow skin with a rosy pink blush, a russet veil, and a greyish bloom. Produces excellent juice. Pick late and eat them in the fall and all winter. Ttres growing in Fairfield, Maine. Annually bearing easy-to-grow medium-sized spreading tree. Probably Skowhegan, ME, before 1870. Z4-6.
 


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