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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. Keeps for up to eight months in proper storage. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Best pollinators: Granny Smith, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or Starkrimson® Red Delicious. (Longacre cv.)


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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

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.

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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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Best apple pie ever!
Chris R on Dec 11, 2016
I had tree and it is so old. Good producer until last few years.
Frances C on Nov 7, 2016
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
Keeps for a long time. Can only eat so much fruit at once.
James L on Nov 21, 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
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
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
1 year ago
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
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
over 2 years ago
Starkespur Arkansas Black
The tree has almost doubled in size. It is very healthy. I still haven't seen any blooms yet. All is well.
June 3, 2016
1 year ago
Seeding is healthy and Strong.
Can't wait for the small tree to produce apples. The seedling is healthy and strong. I'll write again in five years.
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Amazingly hearty and productive
I tasted this sweet/tart and crisp apple some years ago and have been unable to locate one for purchase. The Stark apple tree arrived in very healthy condition and has grown to be sturdy and prolific in blossoms over the past year. I have noted no problem with powdery mildew which is prolific in this area. The tree is loaded with blossoms and we eagerly await growing our own delicious apples. Thank you Stark, I will be ordering from you again and would recommend your company to everyone for being reliable and for providing quality products.
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
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