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About the Starkspur® Arkansas Black Apple Tree

The Starkspur® Arkansas Black Apple is an orchard gem that encapsulates both taste and practicality. Its deep crimson, almost-black fruit offers a visual appeal and stores well. Standing firm as a cold-hardy, disease-resistant variety, this apple boasts attributes that elevate it to a prime choice for both growers and enthusiasts.

With firm, crisp apples that excel in baking and crafting apple butter, the Starkspur® Arkansas Black Apple presents a versatile culinary canvas. Juicing these apples adds complex notes to homemade cider, enhancing your creations.

An added bonus – the flavor matures after a brief stint in the refrigerator, evolving into a richer experience. Delighting the practical grower, this apple variety embraces longevity, storing remarkably well for up to eight months when stored properly.

How to Grow the Starkspur® Arkansas Black Apple Tree

The Starkspur® Arkansas Black Apple Tree, a testament to functional innovation, delivers a rewarding growing experience. Its compact, upright stature houses a unique trait – the ability to yield fruit on spurs all along its limbs, from trunk to tip. Unlike regular apple trees, which limit fruiting to outer limbs, this variety ensures each limb contributes to a bountiful harvest. Scab and fire blight resistance, coupled with remarkable rust resistance, testifies to its robust nature.

This variety may be a triploid and therefore cannot pollinate other apple varieties. Recommend self-pollinating varieties as best pollinators for Arkansas Black, or plant at least 2 different non-triploid varieties in addition to Arkansas Black for fruit production.

See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
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

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'

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best pollination.

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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