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.
Growing Considerations for Arkansas Black apple tree
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Pollination: Select another late bloom apple variety such as Newtown Pippin
Fruit Storage: Excellent
Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. if summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Ripens: Very Late
Uses: Cider,Fresh eating,dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter),
Rootstock: Semi-dwarf MM 111
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Years to bear: 2-4 years
Shape when shipped: Primarily Whip(minimal branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 4-5 ft. in field
*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.
Note on Shipping:
Our apple trees 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 so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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