Earl Holt, son of the early Arkansas settler, Jack Holt, owned the first commercial nursery in the state around 1850. His brother, De Kalb Holt, originated the Arkansas Black a few years later. Strikingly beautiful, the Arkansas Black, as the name suggests, is dark purple becoming nearly black apple at maturity. Very crisp flesh, coarse, greenish-white, sharp flavor, improving with age. Keeps all winter. The Arkansas Black apple is one of the best apples for hot interior locations. Also suggested to do well in many California coastal zones which often have sunny fall weather allowing the fruit to ripen. Resistant to cedar-apple rust and some resistance to scab and fireblight. Consider Grimes Golden, and/or Newtown Pippin for pollination. Please note we are sold out of certifed organic.
Growing Considerations for Arkansas Black Arkansas prior 1886
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Bloom Period: Late
Harvest Period: Very Late
Storage: 3-6 months
Low Chill: Yes
Uses: Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Fresh Eating
Disease Resistance: Excellent
Origin Date: 1800`s
Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Rootstock: MM 111 (Semi-dwarf)
Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*; Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions
. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits