Arkansas Black apple trees

Arkansas Black
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Arkansas Black is a distinctive and attractive late-season apple, very much at home in the southern states. In the right conditions Arkansas Black can display very good flavor, although this is not an apple to eat straight from the tree - it really benefits from a month in a cold store.

The intense aromatic flavor makes it a good variety for cooking with, and it has become increasingly popular as an apple for cider production.

Arkansas Black apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Arkansas Black apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Arkansas Black apple trees bare-root
G.30 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Arkansas Black apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Arkansas Black has good general disease resistance, and is highly resistant to cedar apple rust. It is a triploid variety and cannot be used to pollinate other apples.

Historical details

Arkansas, 1840s. Probably a seedling of Winesap - the dense flesh and distinctive flavor are reminscent.

Arkansas Black characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Aromatic
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Discoloring: No discolor (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C (9) 20F / -7C (10) 30F / -1C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Crimson