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 apple tree a few years later. Strikingly beautiful, the Arkansas Black apple, as the name suggests, is dark purple becoming nearly black apple at maturity. The Arkansas Black apple has very crisp flesh, coarse, greenish-white, sharp flavor, improving with age. Keeps all winter. The Arkansas Black apple trees is one of the best apples for hot interior locations. Also the Arkansas Black apple tree is suggested to do well in many California coastal zones which often have hot 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 see below for further information on our organically grown Arkansas Black apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Arkansas 1886
Disease resistance: Excellent
Storage: 3 months or more
Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*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.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: 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.