Black Oxford apple tree is one of Maine’s most noted varieties over the last couple centuries. Roaming the countryside of Maine you can still discover old plantings of the Black Oxford apple trees 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 nail maker and farmer of Paris in Oxford County, about 1790 and the original tree was still standing in 1907, ...” The Black Oxford apple 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. Please see below for further information on our organically grown Black Oxford apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Maine 1790
Disease resistance: Good
Storage: 1 month
Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*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.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more..
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.