King David apple trees

King David
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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.

King David apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year King David apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year King David apple trees bare-root
G.222, M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year King David apple trees bare-root
Antonovka rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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).

King David characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Very resistant
  • Scab: Some resistance
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Crimson