King David apple trees have many admirers. The first was Ben Frost of Durham, Arkansas who discovered the King David apple along a fence row in the late 1800's. King David apple tree is a versatile fruit 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. The King David apple tree is 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. King David apple trees are said to be resistant to scab, cedar apple rust and fireblight. Would also be handsome espaliered. Please see below for further information on our organically grown King David apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Arkansas 1893
Rootstock:MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear:2-4 years
Recommended Spacing:12-16 ft.
Mature Size:12-16 ft.
Pruning:Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requierments:12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped:Feathered (prominent 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.