The Arkansas Apple is an old apple cultivar, prized for its taste and for remaining in good condition months after harvest, if stored in cool, humid conditions (bagged in the fridge, for example). Fruits are hard, semi-tart, only slightly sweet (but sweeten in storage), good for eating fresh, pies, and cider. At harvest, the fruits are a dark, almost ox-blood red and darken considerably in storage. The tree is medium-sized, slightly self-fertile, a reliable but not heavy bearer, and resistant to diseases. Plant it with another apple for cross-pollination and heavier crops.
For maximum production, plant ‘Arkansas Black’ near another late-blooming apple (such as ‘GoldRush’) in full sub. Mulch the tree with compost or shredded leaves to enrich the soil and conserve moisture. Fertilize lightly or not at all. Twigs and shoots that grow rapidly are susceptible to fireblight, a bacterial diseases that kills new growth and sometimes the parent branches. Use this tree as a specimen in the yard or at a corner of the house in the foundation planting.
**WE CANNOT SHIP THIS ITEM TO CALIFORNIA DUE TO USDA REGULATIONS**
Ships bare root