King David
Arkansas 1893


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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.


CCOF 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 King David
Arkansas 1893

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Midseason

Harvest Period: Late

Storage: 1-2 months

Uses: Cider, Cooking / Sauces, 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 (prominent branching)

Rootstock: MM 111 (Semi-dwarf)

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.

Shipping Note:  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 since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.