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Tompkins County King Apple

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One of the finest old-fashioned apples. Tree bears large, late-season, fruit with a smooth yellow skin flushed with red. Flesh is yellow and sweet — great for eating fresh and no sugar needed when baking! Antique variety, originates from New Jersey, circa 1800s. Also called King of Tompkins County. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Coarse Texture, Firm Flesh
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.


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another great heirloom
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
another great heirloom
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
late season, cooking, keeper
FRANK H on May 21, 2016
late season, cooking, keeper
FRANK H on May 21, 2016

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Fast starter
Planted three whips last fall and this tree has grown taller and branched better than the Golden Delicious and Maximum. Healthy looking.
August 10, 2016
over 5 years ago