With unique fruit on a gorgeous ornamental, the Arkansas Black Apple Tree (Malus 'Arkansas Black') will be full of dark red gems, glistening among the fantastic green foliage! This antique variety is a hardy and long-lived tree! The flavor described as wine and honey, with hints of almonds and a mild vanilla finish, making them amazing dessert apples!
Your Arkansas Black Apple tree is not only a lovely and resistant tree, but it also produces a substantial harvest of succulent, sweet apples, especially when planted with a suitable pollinator. Although self-fertile, you’ll get an enormous crop boost when there is a partner tree nearby!
The decorative effect of the dark-red apples against the vibrant green of the foliage is not to be missed! Oval in shape, the form of this tree is beautiful in the landscape as a standalone specimen and focal point tree!
A mid-spring blooming tree and late-maturing apple, each rounded, medium-sized apple is such a deep red with a waxy skin. Appearing 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, whitish-yellow flesh is superb. With a sweet-tart flavor and a firm, yet juicy, complex texture, your Arkansas Black Apple is a treat for all the senses.
Originating in Arkansas in the mid-1800s, these densely textured apples are fantastic for all your desserts and cooking recipes! Taking time to get going, these trees will provide large yields for the long term, so you’ll be sure to have plenty for all your recipes, and more for gifts to friends and family!
One of these beautiful trees 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 the bloom or of your tempting harvest’s development!
The ornamental oval shape at maturity is a perfect landscape specimen and a beautiful focal point. Great privacy when planted in rows and lovely definition for property lines, these are dual-purpose landscaping trees!
Wonderfully proportioned for gardens of all sizes, try your hand at Espalier or simply pruning smaller to fit your needs! A smaller tree, your Arkansas Black will grow to about 20 feet in height. Front yard gardening and edible landscaping, this is as hardy a garden plant as it is a healthy snack-producing, beautiful tree!
Imagine a picnic beneath the blooms as bees and butterflies hum about the flowers! Plant among your garden beds to provide shade as well as add some cooling shade for your vegetable gardens!
When first harvested, these are hard, firm apples and after hang time or storage, these become amazing fresh-eating apples. However, keeping months in storage, these are high in Vitamin C and A, fiber and antioxidants! Pairing well with spices, cranberry and savory dishes. Great for slow cooking and pureeing, soups and sauces!
The fruit is especially prized for its aromatic nature, it also lends itself well to ciders and applesauce. The firm texture makes these great baked, sautéed and roasted. This apple is a flavorful and fantastic multi-use apple! Arkansas Black has an excellent storage life, affording you many months of enjoyment.
This apple variety, with its unique, dark-red color is a favorite among United States growers! Hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9, they’re heat and cold tolerant.
Fruit trees require full sun for the most blooms and best crops. Any site that receives at least 6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day is perfect. Be sure to provide a location that also has great air circulation.
It’s quite hardy and vigorous, with particular resistance to Cedar Apple Rust. Prune to keep an open canopy and allow air circulation and sunlight into the interior of the tree. Also, prune to thin the early fruit and increase the size of each apple and keep your tree healthy.
It has very good heat and humidity tolerance and has overall disease resistance.
Doing best in any kind of well-drained soil, even tolerating acidic soil and any kind of soil medium as long as it has consistent moisture. Not drought tolerant, your tree will benefit from supplemental watering, especially in summer and when planted in warmer growing zones.
Although self-fertile, the Arkansas Black really does best with a pollinator in order to bear lots of fruit. If space is an issue, try planting your two pollinator partner trees together in the same planting site together!
Whether planting just one or an entire orchard, you’re sure to enjoy the Arkansas Black Apple! Prized dessert apple and long storage life, this antique variety is a standout, beautiful and healthy tree for your family!
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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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.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Arkansas Black'|
|Mature Height||12 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|
|When To Prune||When Dormant|