Kingston Black cider apple trees, also known as Black Taunton, is crimson over yellow-orange ground color. The Kingston Black apples are bitter sharp juice ferments to a distinctively flavored hard cider without blending. The fruit is aromatic with a sweet-acid flavor and a noticeable astringent aftertaste. The full bodied cider has a distinctive rich flavor and is rich bodied. The Kingston Black apples often produce a stand-alone varietal cider, tannins are soft, good balance, wonderful apple flavor. Citrus, apple, butterscotch. Kingston Black apple trees have an irregular growth habit. Cider only, except for the very brave. Please see below for further information on our organically grown Kingston Black apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: England 1820's
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 Requirements: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.