Series: Antique Apple

Apple (Malus) 'Black Twig'

Black Twig Apple

Categories: Fruit Tree

 It was introduced about 1830 as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole near Fayetteville, Tennessee. It became one of the popular dessert varieties in the 19th and early 20th century in Central Virginia orchards. It is not ripe until October, has a very crisp flesh that is both sweet and tart, and it gets better the longer you keep it--if cared for properly--almost until Spring. 

More About Apple (Malus) 'Black Twig'

  • Andrew Jackson's favorite apple
  • An old Tennessee variety with a dark burgundy skin

Fruit large to medium with green to yellow skin, flushed red. Flesh yellow, very firm. The ultimate in a tart apple. Tannic juice adds kick to sweet or hard cider.

We do NOT SHIP plants. ALL Sales are in person at our garden center.


12-18 ft


8-15 ft


10-20 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Apple (Malus) 'Black Twig' Characteristics


  • Orchard Plant
  • Specimen
  • Cottage Garden


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Bearing/Fruiting Time

  • Late season

Bloom Time

  • Early-mid season

Flower Color

  • Appleblossom Pink

Fruit Qualities

  • distinct flavor
  • mild flavor
  • crisp
  • sweet

Fruiting Attributes

  • vigorous grower
  • medium size
  • good for cooking/baking
  • stores well/good keeper
  • antique variety
  • heavy bearer


  • Rounded
  • Spreading

Plant Size

  • Semi-dwarf (12-18')