An old Tennessee variety was introduced around 1830 as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole. It was said to be Andrew Jackson's favorite apple. The Black Twig is the ultimate in a tart apple; excellent for fresh eating and tannic acid which adds body to cider. Fruit is medium to large with varying color, usually green to yellow skin that is streaked and flushed red to burgundy. The yellow flesh is firm and fine grained with tannic juice that adds a kick to sweet or hard cider. Great for eating fresh or cooking, this apple is an excellent keeper and should be stored in the refrigerator for peak flavor.
||Certified Organic: Our apple trees (exception noted) and few other select fruit trees and berries grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO).
Growing Considerations for Black Twig
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Bloom Period: Late
Harvest Period: Late
Low Chill: Yes
Storage: 1-2 months
Uses: Cider, Desserts / Pies, Fresh Eating
Disease Resistance: Excellent
Origin Date: 1800`s
Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*; Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions
. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits