King David apple trees

King David apple tree
  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing | Cider 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

King David is a handsome southern apple. The flushed orange skin, reminscent of Jonathan, one of its probable parents, becomes much darker as the season progresses.

The apples hang on the tree almost to winter, and are at their best for eating at this point. Unusually for such a late variety it is not a particularly long keeper.

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

King David apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.16 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.222 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of King David

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor
    We suspect King David might not be a good pollinator?
  • Ploidy: Diploid
    Might be a triploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Very resistant?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

Uses

  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Crimson
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for King David

King David is in flowering group 3. King David is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow King David apple trees

King David is a vigorous tree, with good disease resistance, particularly to fireblight.

Bitter pit can be a problem in younger trees, this is sometimes caused by over-feeding (particularly of nitrogen).

Historical details

Found growing in a hedgerow in Washington County, Arkansas in 1893. Subsequently introduced by the famous Stark Brothers nursery.

The parentage of King David is not certain, but most authorities agree it is probably a seedling of Jonathan, pollinated either by Winesap or Arkansas Black (which is itself thought to be descended from Winesap).

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'King David'