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King David apple



King David is one of the lesser-known apples that were promoted by the famous Stark Brothers nursery at the end of the 19th century.  The tree was discovered as a chance seedling and the parentage is not clear but most authorities agree that Jonathan is one of the parents, and it has the aromatic qualities associated with that variety.  The other parent is believed to be Winesap or Arkansas Black, and visually it has a resemblance to the latter.

King David is well-suited to the warmer southern states, and has good resistance to fireblight, a bacterial disease which is endemic to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Last updated 03 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 5.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4
 

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12 Jul 2014 
I planted this tree to honor my collies who passed away 7 years ago. It had not produced much, but after extream cold this spring, much to my surprise, it is full. Sadie loved apples, and I would sit on my porch and cut 3 apples up and she would eat every bite. Sitting on the porch now and looking at the tree and missing Sadie and Shadow.


25 Jan 2014 
Tasted King David as a child in an orchard in Bullitt County, KY and loved it.


17 Sep 2013 
I bought two of these trees 9 years ago. One was girdled by wildlife during the winter and the one that remains hasn't really done much. I see I'm on the edge of the zones for it really and we can get late frosts. This year my other trees are prolific but this tree has nothing but an abundance of sucker branches. I'm hoping to make some adjustments to get it producing.


19 Oct 2011 
Went to Feil Pioneer Fruit Stand just north of Wenatchee last Saturday and bought some of these apples - enough for us to try and for some other people. Unbelievable flavors: rich, sweet, spicy, and my wife likens it to caramel, too. Yep, want this growing out back.


19 Sep 2011 
The article I'd mentioned earlier sounded so compelling, and I see records from Maine that indicate King David might do fine here, so I hope to graft some scions onto some root stock already in the ground spring of '12 and see how they do. Will keep you posted.


31 Aug 2011 
Hi Dave - (was just in your beautiful state last week!) My tree is not flowering yet (maybe 3 yrs old?), but getting quite large. Hopefully flowers next year.


10 Aug 2011 
Patrick: I live in Spokane, WA, zone 5-6 and am considering this cv. When does your tree bloom? This site states it blooms in group 3, in The Best Apples To Buy And Grow it is said to bloom late, contemporaneous with Arkansas Black, which I would put at group 5 or 6. Thanks, Dave Liezen


13 Jan 2011 
This is an excellent tasting and beautiful apple, with winesap overtones. I have one growing and it seems to be very grower friendly and disease resistant so far (fireblight can be an issue here).



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A good quality American apple variety, notable for its resistance to fireblight.

King David phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Jonathan and Winesap or Arkansas Black
  • Originates from: Washington County, Arkansas, United States
  • Introduced: 1893
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1558
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1943-006

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit size: Variable

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Warm climates

Disease resistance

  • Fireblight  - Very resistant
  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance
  • Bitter pit  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

  • Jonathan (parent)
  • Winesap (parent) - Probable parent (or Arkansas Black, one of its offspring)

See also:

King David identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

King David identification photos from website visitors


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King David tree
King David tree

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The following King David trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Australia

  • Hayden in WINSLOW, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA


Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 9th May  2012  - tree owned by James in ESTACADA, United States
  • 7th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 25th March  2012  - tree owned by Mark in Harvest, United States

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States
  • 4th April  2011  - tree owned by Mark in Harvest, United States

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States
  • 11th April  2010  - tree owned by Mark in Harvest, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

    2011 season

    • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States
    • 4th week August  2011  - tree owned by Mark in Harvest, United States

    2010 season

    • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Kris in HOLDEN, United States
    • 2nd week September  2010  - tree owned by Mark in Harvest, United States

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