King of Tompkins County Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall. Unknown parentage. Washington, New Jersey, before 1800. Also called King or Tompkins King. We recommend this large juicy fruit for sweet eating right off the tree in October as well as to fill the sauce pot. Even the experts and apple snobs never pass up King in October. Round-to-oblate blocky lumpy fruit, almost entirely overlaid with dark orange-red stripes and blush. Crisp yellow flesh, tender, coarse with balanced flavor. Keeps until January. John’s convinced that one of the reasons they named it King is its incredible vigor and productivity. The young grafted trees outgrow all others. When John topworked a wild tree at his place a few years ago, it grew 4' the first year! Gained recognition in New York’s Tompkins County and later spread all over the Northeast becoming extremely popular as a home and commercial variety in the 19th century. Old trees still found here and there in Maine. Blooms midseason. Z4-7.
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