King David has many admirers. The first was Ben Frost of Durham, Arkansas who discovered this apple along a fence row in the late 1800's. King David is a versatile apple for cider, pies, sauce, and eating. Its admirers boast that it is the most wonderful eating apple in the world. It is a medium size deep dark red apple. It has firm, crisp, spicy, juicy yellow flesh. Thought to be a cross between Jonathan x Arkansas Black, this solid red late-season apple hangs late on the tree and should be picked when full color develops. Savory flesh is yellow, firm, crisp, spicy and juicy. King David is said to be resistant to scab, cedar apple rust and fireblight. Would be handsome espaliered.
Certified Organic Apple Tree
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 King David apple tree
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Pollination: requires another midseason bloom apple variety
Fruit Storage: Good
Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. if summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
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: Whip(no branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 4 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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