King of Tompkins County apple trees

King of Tompkins County
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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

Mature height*
1-year King of Tompkins County apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year King of Tompkins County apple trees bare-root
M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height

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.

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

How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

King of Tompkins County characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


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


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit color: Orange flush