Black Oxford is a handsome traditional apple from Maine. The deep crimson skin usually has an attractive bloom, which is thought to contribute to its generally good disease resistance.
As with many old heirloom varieties, Black Oxford is a versatile apple - good for winter eating, useful for cooking, and the juice has a good flavor.
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Black Oxford has excellent winter hardiness, and on a suitable rootstock it should be possible to grow this variety successfully in Zone 3.
Although the name suggests it must be an old English variety, Black Oxford is believed to originate from Oxford County in Maine, around the end of the 18th century.