King of Tompkins County apple trees

King of Tompkins County apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing 

King of Tompkins County is a traditional cooking apple from New York state. The apples are very large in size, and have a good acidic flavor. They ripen after keeping and some enthusiasts eat them fresh.

King of Tompkins County apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Summary features of King of Tompkins County


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes

Pollination guide for King of Tompkins County

King of Tompkins County is in flowering group 3. King of Tompkins County is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the King of Tompkins County) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the King of Tompkins County. If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow King of Tompkins County apple trees

King of Tompkins County is a vigorous tree, and generally easy to grow. However note that it requires two other apple trees nearby to pollinate it, which must each be of different varieties.

Despite its north-eastern origins, King of Tompkins County is happy to grow in warm zones as well, including southern California.

Historical details

Raised in Tompkins County, New York state, in the late 18th / early 19th century.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'King of Tompkins County'