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King David Apple requires a pollenizer. You must plant one of
trees nearby (within about 50') for the tree to produce a crop of fruit.
Malus domestica 'King David'
This a complex cross of some of the finest apple varieties. Believe to be a cross of Jonathan X Winesap x Arkansas Black the result is the best of all these great varieties. The fine eating qualities of the Winesap and Arkansas Black without the long wait for the Arkansas Black to soften. Then the great cooking qualities of the Jonathan with the extra benefit of a rich flavor that is sure to make you popular with your first pie or when you blend up your first batch of cider. Firm and crispy with the familiar foxy spiciness of the Arkansas Black apple. For how apple looks it could have been called the improved Arkansas Black apple. Pale green skin with a deep dark red bush that is simply beautiful. Long hang time as the fruit just continues to get better flavor and color. Bears at a young age as compared to other apple varieties. Shows resistance to fireblight . This could become the next big favorite of the home gardener, although it has been around since 1902.
King David is a vigorous grower to over 25 feet. It can be held to any heights with summer pruning
8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning
Apples tolerate a wide range of soil types, but like all fruit trees grow best in well-drained, loamy soil. Provide full sun favoring the morning sun with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Apple favor higher humidity's and moderate summer temperatures, in hot dry climates protect the tree from sunburn by providing protection from the late afternoon sun. Either by providing shade or with whitewashing the trunk. Water at least twice a week for the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet. Mulch the tree to 3 to 4 inches deep and and 3 to 4 feet outside the canopy of the tree. To keep root cool and cut down on soil evaporation. Apples benefit from pruning to maintain size and structure. Keep trees at less than 10 feet to allow for easy care and harvest. Check with your local ag extension to find the apple care recommendations for your area.