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King of Tompkins County apple tree

King of Tompkins County
King of Tompkins County is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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 in storage and become sweet enough to eat fresh.

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  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock

How to grow

King of Tompkins County is a vigorous tree, and generally easy to grow. However note it is a triploid variety so will not pollinate other apple trees.

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.


King of Tompkins County was discovered in Tompkins County, New York state, in the late 18th / early 19th century. It it widely known at Tompkins King, or simply King apple.

King of Tompkins County characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesCulinaryJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorOrange flush