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  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Size A and larger - Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 12-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 12-15' apart

Arkansas Black Apple Bare Root

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Malus domestica 'Arkansas Black'

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  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Size A and larger - Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 12-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 12-15' apart

Why plant Arkansas Black Apple Bare Root?

Now here's an heirloom Apple that's decidedly different! The fruits turn deep, dark, purply red, making this one easy to pick out of a crowd. But its uniqueness isn't merely skin deep. The pale yellow flesh is complex in its flavor. Apple connoisseurs may pick up notes of honey and vanilla underneath the classic sweet-tart apple taste. Arkansas Black is an extremely firm and crunchy fruit when picked; in storage it mellows in firmness and flavor. It's also a good keeper. Arkansas Black stays fresh in the fridge for months, so you can space out your apple-eating, and you'll never grow tired of them!

The Arkansas Black Apple Tree is said to have originated in the 1840s in the orchard of a Benton County, Arkansas settler named John Crawford. It is probably a descendent of the spicy-tart Winesap Apple. Arkansas Black is a triploid Tree, which means that it needs another Apple Tree to pollinate it, but it cannot pollinate another Apple Tree in return. Many Apples will do the job; Golden Delicious and Fuji are most often utilized. Many Crabapples will also work. A Crabapple is a good choice as pollinator if you decide that the harvest from one Apple Tree is plenty for your needs!

How to use Arkansas Black Apple Bare Root in the landscape?

Arkansas Black is excellent for fresh eating, but it also makes a luscious pie. Its nuanced flavors give your pastries a rich and satisfying taste, and the variety's high pectin content ensures that the filling will be stable and never runny.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How To Plant Arkansas Black Apple Bare Root

In general, Apple Trees are easy to grow, but getting a big harvest of unblemished fruit can be a real challenge, as there are a several pests and diseases that find Apples (like the Arkansas Black) as tasty as we do! There are many steps you can take, however, to protect your Tree in effective but responsible ways. Our Growers are happy to help you find the best plan for you; contact them anytime at Practicing good culture and hygiene will go a long way towards keeping your Tree strong and healthy. Plant your Arkansas Black Apple Tree in full sun in a site with well-drained soil and good air circulation. Arkansas Black is more tolerant of high heat and humidity than other Apples. 

How To Water

Water deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Always promptly remove and destroy any diseased branches, leaves, or fruit from your Apple tree and around the base. Leaving those in place could cause reinfection the following year.

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size A and larger, will take approximately 14 – 28 days to be delivered.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on AA, A, B, C and larger scale. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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