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Arkansas Black Apple Overview
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Arkansas Black Apple Tree

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Outstanding Color and Flavor

Arkansas Black Apple Tree is a late-maturing apple tree.  One would be an outstanding addition to your yard in any sunny location where you can view it from one of your home’s windows…as you won’t want to miss a moment of your tempting harvest’s development.

Your Arkansas Black Apple tree is not only a lovely and hardy tree, but it also produces a substantial harvest of succulent, sweet apples.  The decorative effect of the dark red apples against the vibrant green of the foliage is not to be missed! 

Each round, medium-sized apple is such a deep red as to appear almost black, especially when stored.  The firm skin shines purple-red in the sunlight and tends to persist on the tree into the fall, making it a favorite of wildlife.

As an eating apple, few can compare to the Arkansas Black.  Exquisite directly from the tree, or used in a variety of dishes, the crisp, white/yellow flesh is superb.  With a sweet/tart flavor in a firm yet juicy texture, your Arkansas Black Apple is a treat for the senses. 

Especially prized for its aromatic nature, it also lends itself well to ciders and applesauce.  Arkansas Black has an excellent storage life, affording you many months of enjoyment.

A semi-dwarf tree, your Arkansas Black will grow to about 20 feet in height.  It’s quite hardy and vigorous, with particular resistance to Cedar Apple Rust.  It has very good heat and humidity tolerance and is even somewhat drought tolerant once established.  Arkansas Black is adaptable to a variety of soil types and has very good overall disease resistance. 

Although self-fertile, the Arkansas Black does best with a pollinator in order to bear fruit.  Golden Delicious Apple, Granny Smith Apple would be good choices as companion trees. 

Whether planting just one or an entire orchard, you’re sure to enjoy the Arkansas Black Apple.

* High quality eating and cooking apple
* Good storage
* Decorative fruit
* Spicy Flavor with High Acid

Recommended pollinators: Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp

Popular Apple’s Origins Shrouded in Controversy

The Arkansas Black Apple traces its roots to the apple growing boom in Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas the 1830's to the early 1900's.

The Ben Davis Apple was then the backbone of Arkansas apple growers. Despite the damage done by the Civil War, Arkansas apple orchards continued to grow and by the late 1800's Benton and Washington counties were the largest apple growing regions in the United States.

Unfortunately, shortly after the turn of the century, years of extreme weather conditions began to take their toll. Severe drought and extremes in hot and cold temperatures, as well as battling pests and diseases all took a heavy toll on the growers. By 1930, the apple industry in Arkansas was all but gone.

There were many apple varieties introduced by the Arkansas growers during this time, but none as impacting as the Arkansas Black. Starting out as a regional favorite, by the late 1800's it made up 15% of the apples grown in Benton and Washington County.

Arkansas Black Apples origin is a bit vague, as two possible accounts are cited.

The first is that a popular Apple tree grower and propagator John Braithwaite of Bentonville had discovered the seedling a result of unknown cross. The second account, and not as well documented, was a claim by John Crawford of Washington county. In either case, the report of the discovery is from the mid 1840's. In 1870, Jon Braithwaite was offering the trees for sale and is credited with the introduction.

The exact cross has yet to be identified yet. Most common belief is that it is a seedling of Winesap and an unknown parent. Though often confused with the variety, Arkansas Black Twig, these are not the same. However, the Arkansas Black Twig has also been cited as a possible parent to the Arkansas Black Apple.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Arkansas Black Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Malus 'Arkansas Black'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years