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King of Tompkins County apple

This heirloom apple is thought to have originated in New Jersey, but it was first publicized by Jacob Wycoff, a grower in Tompkins County, New York, around 1805.  He named it the King apple, but it gradually became known as King of Tompkins County.

Last updated 17 Jan 2015.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 9

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22 Aug 2018 
Was quite sure our apples are Tompkins King. However, they are ready in August. Other descriptors match. What do you think?

21 Jan 2018 
I grew up with one of these trees, in Issaquah, Wa. Pac.N.W., USA, and concurr with above ratings. I recall that wormy cores was the main issue in regards to the apples storability. I'm eager to see how it produces here in Oregon, where I've grafted a scion onto an indigenous Malus fusca, just 2 years ago. It's grown about 12 feet (4M) in that time.

18 Sep 2016 
I am pretty sure our ancient apple tree is a King of Tompkins. Some of the apples are enormous and it is a great apple for eating, cooking and juicing. We have a very tall tree, which may be as old as our house-built in 1910.

01 Nov 2014 
I've been eating apples all my life , raised in upstate N.Y. . My Dad religiously went apple shopping with all of us every fall trying all varieties. In WA , I happened to find a huge apple w/tiny core, SWEET and kept extremely well.. Found at an overstock store in Everett ,WA. Went to Portland the next week to look at land , met a guy whose Grandmother had 3 of these trees. He said they had a special name, small core and huge. Same exact color and size as this pic. Not a better apple have I tried!

12 Oct 2014 
I have a large Tompkins King in my yard, age in excess of 35 years, since I have lived here for 30 years. The tree is challenge by our moss, scab, and fungus but remains healthy and productive year to year. The King is a traditional heritage variety well adapted to the Pacific NW. My neighbor across the street has a couple more large Kings, also healthy and productive.

20 Oct 2012 
The Caleb Pike Heritage park has one remaining of the originals planted in 1883. Of the various types, this is an exceptional apple. We have taken cuttings and grafted onto rootstock to preserve for the park.

03 Oct 2011 
I agree with the comments above. When cooking you don't really need to add sugar. The tree is at my Grandma's house in a place called Ripley, UK. It was brought over 80 years ago and has been a little hit and miss - it was struck by lightning once! However, just before my Grandma died last year it produced the best crop we have ever seen. Amazing tree.

13 May 2011 
My grandmother has 2 of these trees on her farm in Skagit County, WA. They are my most favorite of all apples for eating raw as they are soooo sweet. They keep all winter in a cool location. Her apples are enormous--larger than any variety sold in stores.

12 Dec 2010 
I believe my apple tree is a King. It ripens late (mid Oct) - tastes great as a dessert apple and cooks very well.

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An old American variety from New Jersey. The fruit is very large, and keeps well.

King of Tompkins County phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: New Jersey, New York, United States
  • Introduced: Early 1800s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1194
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1957-219
  • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Large
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849

References and further reading about this variety

King of Tompkins County identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

King of Tompkins County identification photos from website visitors

King of Tompkins County in blossom
King of Tompkins County in blossom

Copyright: J. Hansen

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  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 18th May  2018  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

2016 season

  • May  2016  - tree owned by Lois in New Westminster, Canada
  • 6th April  2016  - tree owned by Chris in Kennewick, United States

2015 season

  • April  2015  - tree owned by J. in Elmira, United States

2012 season

  • 5th May  2012  - tree owned by Joan in Tsawwassen, Canada

2011 season

  • 20th April  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 12th June  2010  - tree owned by David in Mt Shasta, United States
  • 12th May  2010  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 24th May  2009  - tree owned by David in Mt Shasta, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

    2016 season

    • September  2016  - tree owned by Lois in New Westminster, Canada

    2015 season

      2012 season

        2011 season

        • 1st week September  2011  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

        2010 season

        • 2nd week September  2010  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom

        2009 season

        • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Jan in Winchester, United Kingdom
        • 2nd week September  2009  - tree owned by David in Mt Shasta, United States

        Where to buy trees

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        • Cummins Nursery
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