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.
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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).
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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).