The Karmijn de Sonnavile is a Cox Orange seedling from the Netherlands, in late 1940s. Tree is vigorous, spreading, prone to biennial bearing and not very productive. Rich, robust flavor with masses of sugar and acidity and crisp juicy flesh. Karmijn de Sonnaville is one of the strongest-flavored apples comparable to Ashmead's Kernel. Apples red or with red flush and larger than either parent.Fruit are prone to cracking and russeting which can be severe as harvest approaches. Despite these problems, its intense flavor and unusual appearance makes this one of the most beloved or reviled "cox" strains. Flowers are large and beautiful. Grows best in cooler summer areas. Consider Grimes Golden, Liberty and/or White Pearmain for pollination.

Certified Organic Apple Tree

CCOF Almost all of 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 Karmijn De Sonnaville

Bloom: Midseason

USDA Zone: 6,7,8,9

Pollination: None/Sterile. Consider a self fertile apple such as White Pearmain for pollination

Fruit Storage: Excellent

Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree

Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. if summer pruned 8 ft.spacing

Ripens: Midseason

Uses: Cider,Fresh eating/ dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter), baking

Rootstock: Semi-dwarf MM 111

Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Years to bear: 2-4 years

Shape when shipped: Feathered(side branching)

*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8 to 3/4  inch caliper (width around trunk) 5 to 6 ft. in field. (trimmed to 4-5 ft. when shipped)

*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.

Note on Shipping:

Our apple trees 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.


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