Semi-dwarf, deciduous fruit tree
Description: Medium to large apples are deep red with some red striping; firm, juicy, mildly subacid (after storing), yellowish-white flesh; typically ripens in October .
Habit: Grafted onto semi-dwarfing rootstock (MM111); grows 12' to 15' high; space trees 15-20' apart; late-season blooming period.
Culture: Prefers full sun and ordinary garden soil; requires one additional pollinator (apple variety) for improved fruit production and fruit shape.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 9.
Attributes: Edible fruits, attracts bees
Likely introduced around 1830 from a seedling growing on the Tennessee farm of Major Rankin Toole, the Blacktwig apple was supposedly favored by President Andrew Jackson and is the state apple of Tennessee. It is wonderful when eaten fresh, especially after a few months of cold storage, but can also be used for cider or cooking, making it a great all-purpose apple. The tree shows resistance to fire blight and cedar apple rust.
This tree will ship bare root. One year grafted M111 is approximately 4' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.