Black Oxford
Maine 1790


$39.95

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Black Oxford apple is one of Maine’s most noted vareities over the last couple centuries.  Roaming the countryside of Maine you can still discover old plantings that continue to produce in abundance.  They are easy to spot with their beautiful light pink blossoms.  George Stilphen, in the book The Apples of Maine,  provides the history of this special fruit: “Black Oxford was found as a seedling by Nathaniel Haskell on the farm of one Valentine, a nailmaker and farmer of Paris in Oxford County, about 1790 and the original tree was still standing in 1907, ...”  The fruit is medium, round, deep purple fruit has a blackish bloom; Black Oxford is an all-purpose variety, fresh eating, pies and cider. The apples are well noted for their long shelf life in northern climates. 


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 Black Oxford
Maine 1790

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Midseason

Harvest Period: Late

Storage: 3 Months or More

Low Chill: Yes

Uses: Fresh Eating, Cider, Desserts / Pies, Cooking / Sauces

Disease Resistance: Good

Origin Date: 1700`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)

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.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 July, 2016.