Black Oxford apple trees

Black Oxford
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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.

Black Oxford apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Black Oxford apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Black Oxford apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Black Oxford apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


How to grow

Black Oxford has excellent winter hardiness, and on a suitable rootstock it should be possible to grow this variety successfully in Zone 3.

Historical details

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.

Black Oxford characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Light
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (3) -40F / -40C (4) -30F / -34C (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C (9) 20F / -7C (10) 30F / -1C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Crimson