The Nickajack apple tree is said to have originated on Cherokee land, and is named for Nickajack Creek on the banks of which the tree originally grew in 1853, but reports suggest its existence late 1700s. Nickajack apples are best as dessert and baking with its creamy-white flesh with a tinge of green under the skin, firm, coarse-grained and crisp, and sweet. The Nickajack apple tends to be large in size and truncate-conic in shape, the greenish-yellow skin is nearly covered with streaks of orange-red to red, and dotted with prominent white lenticels. One of only a handful of apple varieties which will often reproduce true from seed. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Nickajack and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm.
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: North Carolina 1853
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 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.