- Hardy to zone 5
Fruit is medium to large with varying color, usually green to yellow skin that is streaked and flushed red to burgundy. The yellow flesh is firm, juicy, and aromatic with a fine grain. The Black Twig is a tart apple; excellent for fresh eating or cooking. It also has a decent amount of tannic acid which adds body to cider. This apple is an excellent keeper – it gets better the longer you keep it. If stored properly it will keep almost until Spring.
The tree is vigorous, annual bearing, with dense drooping branches. Moderately resistant to all modern diseases. Ripens in October.
Black Twig is an American heirloom apple. It was first discovered as a seedling on the farm of Major Rankin Toole near Fayetteville, Tennessee around 1830. It became one of the popular dessert varieties in the 19th and early 20th century in Central Virginia orchards.