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