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King David Apple tree

Owner: Phil

Location:  Laguna Niguel, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2015
Age of this tree:7 years
Soil:Sandy loam over clay 
Climate at this location:Mostly coastal influence but above the fog. ~250 chill hour average
Pruning:Summer and winter
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments

Owner's comments

Sited with south western exposure against stucco wall. Very hot location. Full sun after 10am year round.

Season records for this tree

  • 2018

  • 2017

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Bloom earlier in season than last year. Perhaps acclimating to the location. Apple size much larger than last year - a few of normal size. Flavor better too. Still not much vegetative growth: small tree Grafted Hawaii to part of the tree.
  • 2016

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Leaf out and bloom very late - July. Minimal growth. Apples did not size up well at all, very small. Started getting pithy in late autumn heat. Ok flavor, nothing exciting. Consider top grafting other varieties.
  • 2015

    Planted bare root week of 2/23/15. Pruned to 24" Very vigorous growth. Pruned 3 times for size control.
  • 2014

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  • 2009

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