MALUS domestica 'Deacon Jones'
Plant Common Name
Antique Apple, Apple
Originating in Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century, this apple cultivar was once widely grown commercially in New York State. Ripening in mid-autumn, the large to very large, somewhat oblong fruits have thick, tough, yellow skin overlaid with red and dappled with carmine. The yellowish flesh of this eating or cooking apple is firm, coarse, juicy, and mildly flavored. The fruits keep well in storage. This cultivar reliably bears moderate to heavy crops on dense vigorous upright trees. Plant another apple variety nearby for cross-pollination.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, the trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits come in a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand, pressed for cider, frozen, canned or baked in a variety of ways. There are thousands of cultivars available, including many interesting heirlooms as well as fresh new varieties. Different selections vary in height and may bear fruit in summer, fall or winter.
While the domestic apple prefers full sun and well-drained soil, it will tolerate light shade and bouts of drought. For best fruit production, trees must be vigorously pruned and maintained. Apples are susceptible to many pests and diseases, but resistant varieties are available. Most apples are grafted onto rootstock that provides a wide range of benefits such as vigor, pest and disease resistance and dwarf stature, depending on the stock.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
Early Spring, Spring
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Southern Asia, Western Asia
Clay, Loam, Sand