Tompkins King

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Tompkins King
Species Malus pumila
Cultivar 'Tompkins King'
Origin New Jersey, U.S., before 1804

'Tompkins King' is a triploid [1] cultivar of apple, also called 'King' or 'King of Tompkins County'. It was thought to have originated at Jacksonville in Tompkins County, New York, but Liberty Hyde Bailey investigated the tree there, and discovered that it was grafted. [2] The cultivar was apparently brought from Warren County, New Jersey in 1804. [2]


This apple is large, and of excellent quality both as a dessert fruit and for cooking. [2] The fruit shape is uniform and the skin mostly red with some yellow stripes. The flesh is yellowish and crisp. The fruit does not keep as well as some other apple cultivars. The tree makes relatively poor root growth and should be grafted onto a different genotype that can provide more vigorous roots. [2]

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  1. "Flowering times of apples: RHS Pollination Groups".
  2. 1 2 3 4 Beach, S.A.; Booth, N.O.; Taylor, O.M. (1905), "Tompkins King", The apples of New York, 1, Albany: J. B. Lyon, pp. 345–349