Arkansas Black Apple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Arkansas Black Apple

Malus domestica 'Arkansas Black'
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Now here's an heirloom Apple that's decidedly different! The fruits turn deep, dark, purply red, making this one easy to pick out of a crowd. But its uniqueness isn't merely skin deep. The pale yellow flesh is complex in its flavor. Apple connoisseurs may pick up notes of honey and vanilla underneath the classic sweet-tart apple taste. Arkansas Black is an extremely firm and crunchy fruit when picked; in storage it mellows in firmness and flavor. It's also a good keeper. Arkansas Black stays fresh in the fridge for months, so you can space out your apple-eating, and you'll never grow tired of them!

  • Size AA (4' tall) bareroot, (Pre-Order Now, Shipping Spring 2022)

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

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The Story

The Arkansas Black Apple Tree is said to have originated in the 1840s in the orchard of a Benton County, Arkansas settler named John Crawford. It is probably a descendent of the spicy-tart Winesap Apple. Arkansas Black is a triploid Tree, which means that it needs another Apple Tree to pollinate it, but it cannot pollinate another Apple Tree in return. Many Apples will do the job; Golden Delicious and Fuji are most often utilized. Many Crabapples will also work. A Crabapple is a good choice as pollinator if you decide that the harvest from one Apple Tree is plenty for your needs! 

The Details

Arkansas Black is excellent for fresh eating, but it also makes a luscious pie. Its nuanced flavors give your pastries a rich and satisfying taste, and the variety's high pectin content ensures that the filling will be stable and never runny. 

How to Grow

In general, Apple Trees are easy to grow, but getting a big harvest of unblemished fruit can be a real challenge, as there are a several pests and diseases that find Apples (like the Arkansas Black) as tasty as we do! There are many steps you can take, however, to protect your Tree in effective but responsible ways. Our Growers are happy to help you find the best plan for you; contact them anytime at Practicing good culture and hygiene will go a long way towards keeping your Tree strong and healthy. Plant your Arkansas Black Apple Tree in full sun in a site with well-drained soil and good air circulation. Water regularly and mulch to keep the root zone cool and evenly moist. And always promptly remove and destroy any diseased branches, leaves, or fruit. Arkansas Black is more tolerant of high heat and humidity than other Apples. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-15' Tall
Avg Mature Width 12-15' Wide
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Brown
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring - Mid-Season
Fruit Color Deep Purple
Fruit Time Fall - Late Season
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How big will this Tree grow?

A: We grow the Arkansas Black Apple on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15' in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home

Q: What other variety of Apple do I need to pollinate my Arkansas Black?

A: The Arkansas Black Apple is best pollinated by a variety of Apples: the Braeburn, Cortland, Empire and Gala are just a few!

One note to make is that the Arkansas Black Apple is what we call a triploid - meaning it has three chromosomes as opposed to two (like most other Apples). This means that it will not pollinate any other Apple - it is 'sterile'. If you plant an Arkansas Black, two other Apple Trees are required nearby, each of different varieties, which can cross-pollinate each other as well as the triploid Tree. This might sway you from growing triploid varieties, but they have many advantages including very good disease resistance! 

Size Guide

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Size A Trees:

5-6’ tall. Grown and shipped in a grow bag container. Pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy.

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