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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!

Deep crimson, almost-black fruit! Compact, upright tree yields fruit on spurs all down the limbs. Firm and crisp apples are perfect for baking and apple butter. Juices well, adding complex notes to homemade cider. Flavor improves after 30 days in the refrigerator. Originates from Long Creek, South Carolina in 1983. Keeps for up to eight months in proper storage. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Best pollinators: Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, Starkspur® Golden Delicious, or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty. (Lonacre cv.)

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Very Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Related Assortments

This item is also available in this money saving assortment.

We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It is a late producer, long keeper and a tart, crisp apple
Judith A on Apr 24, 2017
Intrigued by what I read about this apple, and I live in Arkansas. County agent told me it is his favorite apple.
drscot on Mar 4, 2017
It is a late producer, long keeper and a tart, crisp apple
Judith A on Apr 24, 2017
This is my favorite apple. Had a tree years ago. I like that they store well and get sweeter as they age.
Mast on Apr 21, 2017
Intrigued by what I read about this apple, and I live in Arkansas. County agent told me it is his favorite apple.
drscot on Mar 4, 2017
Add to a blend of Hard Cider
Shane P on Jan 29, 2017
Best apple pie ever!
Chris R on Dec 11, 2016
Keeps for a long time. Can only eat so much fruit at once.
James L on Nov 21, 2016
I had tree and it is so old. Good producer until last few years.
Frances C on Nov 7, 2016
I have eaten them before and loved them - unlike any other apple. I am hoping to successfully grow them now.
Marjorie K on Oct 27, 2016
I wanted a solid late holding apple.
Stan C on Oct 15, 2016
They taste good and keep all winter (into summer if refrigerated).
EUNICE W on Sep 6, 2016
loved an apple tree in the neighborhood but they cut it down. so i went looking online and Arkansas Black looked just like it.
Brian C on Sep 4, 2016
Heard lots of good things about this old southern apple variety and being that we live in the south we thought it would be a wonderful asset to our farm.
ELIZABETH S on Jun 4, 2016
I have many apple trees, but this apple has the best taste by far
Dennis C on May 15, 2016
Looking for more heirloom varieties, and I am familiar with this one.
Marshall T on Apr 3, 2016
We have a very old Arkansas Black in our yard (we live on the edge of an old orchard that is about 100 years old). These are the best apples I've had for pies, storage, etc.
GENEVIEVE O on Apr 3, 2016
Need a late apple that stores well, and I'm intrigued by the color and texture.
Duane A on Mar 29, 2016
I was looking for a hardy tree.
Teresa D on Mar 25, 2016
Other friends in Edmond have had good success with Arkansas Black Apple.
GLORIA M on Mar 11, 2016
I tried this once at an apple farm and really liked the taste.
Katie M on Mar 4, 2016
Makes good apple butter.
Edward W on Feb 25, 2016
This is my favorite apple. Had a tree years ago. I like that they store well and get sweeter as they age.
Mast on Apr 21, 2017
Add to a blend of Hard Cider
Shane P on Jan 29, 2017
Will Arkansas Black, Jonastar & Granny Smith apple trees cross pollinate one another?
Mark D on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Arkansas Black blooms medium/late season; Jonastar blooms mid-season and Granny Smith blooms mid-season. It they're planted within 50' of one another, you should get pretty satisfactory cross-pollination.
what is the chill requirement for the Arkansas black apple?
Desiree on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This tree requires about 800-900 chill hours.
I am ordering the Arkansas Black - my question is would a Winesap work as a cross pollinateor?
Connie K on Jan 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Winesap apple trees cannot pollinate other apple varieties. You would need a third apple tree in the mix, such as Golden Delicious, to be a pollen source for both Winesap and Arkansas Black to be fruitful.
we have cedar trees next door and my trees(goldrush and Jonared have the blight and I have heard the Arkansas Black are more resistant. Is this true?
Nancy on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Cedar apple rust is separate from (fire) blight, but you are correct: Arkansas Black is more resistant to cedar apple rust in certain locations than the GoldRush and Jon-A-Red varieties.

Customer Reviews

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Arkansas Black
Over 20 years ago I planted an Arkansas Black from Stark's. The tree has given us loads of apples virtually every year that it has been producing. Though not the biggest apple type from my orchard, it has become one of my most favorite for eating fresh off the tree in October, and it is the best baker we have. We never eat all of them, and our resident deer population seems to love the windfall as much as we love the ones that get picked. Before my retirement, my coworkers always looked forward to the bags of Arkansas Blacks I brought in for their enjoyment. As reported earlier, Japanese beetles do not seem to bother this tree much, preferring my crabapples and grape vines instead. My rural acres have given me a lot of enjoyment planting all kinds of trees over the last 40 + years, but Arkansas Black has to be one of my top 5.
January 11, 2017
Arkansas Black
Best apple I have ever eaten Whether fresh off the tree, applesauce or a pie they are great. Easy to grow, size and shape are easy to work with and the apples are big with a deep red color
March 3, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Arkblack
We have just recently moved into a new home and last fall planted 5 new Stark trees. The Arkblack was my first choice based on years of previous experience. The apples are nearly black when fully ripe and the meat ppure white. They are so dense the birds do not bother them and they are also very worm resistant. They are too hard to just pick and eat, like a Gala or Red Delicious but are excellent for cooking and storage.
Hal J. Allen, Vineyard, Utah
March 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Arkansas Black Apple
This is one hardy apple. If I could have only one apple tree it would be an 'Arkansas Black' for hardiness, flavor and long keeping.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great Winter Apple
Starkspur Arkansas Black Apple is a winner! It has great flavor, keeps all winter in the frig. The tree bears large crops each year and is very hardy.
March 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
I have had previous positive experience with this apple
It is too early to fruit but I had a tree like this at previous address and I loved it. It was very productive for a dwarf and I am looking forward to getting them again.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bug free!
I've been so impressed by the resiliency of this apple variety. My other apples are being eaten alive by Japanese beetles (sadly) but they are not touching the Arkansas Black. Just amazing.
August 25, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
very good apple
Product arrived in a timely manner,this will be the second spring for my Arkansas Black Apple tree . It is growing very well , putting out more branches and leaves.. I can't wait for it to produce apples , i had one of thees apple trees a while back before the sewage line came through, and these were the crunchiest apples I had ever eaten. I would recommend this type of apple tree to a friend.

Ray Pennsylvania
May 23, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Arkansas Black Apple
We planted our Arkansas Black apple tree last spring. We ordered the tree after reading several recommendations that indicated that this variety was a good match to our area in Southeastern Oklahoma. The tree immediately took off and surprised us with its vigorous growth. We mated it with a red delicious tree from Stark for cross pollination. To our surprise, the Arkansas Black bloomed this year and is even making two apples. We guess a neighbor must have an apple tree to allow for pollination. The tree has good form and is still trying to put on apples. At this time we couldn't be happier with the tree.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bareroot Arkansas Black Apple Tree
It came in the mail, I followed the preparation and planting instructions and the tree took off :-) It is growin great, very healthy and I can't wait to have a taste from home when it starts putting on fruit. I love my tree!!
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago