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Arkansas Black apple tree

Arkansas Black

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    Dwarf rootstock
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  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.214, G.935 rootstock
  • 3Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    P.18 rootstock

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

Arkansas Black characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuiceHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Aromatic
  • Cooking resultTextured puree
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cedar apple rustVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C(9) 20F / -7C(10) 30F / -1C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorCrimson