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Arkansas Black Apple Tree

Malus 'Arkansas Black’


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  • Ships week of Mar 26
  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

    These will be the easiest trees you have ever planted! Simply dig your hole, place the Drop 'N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole. That's it!

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-t- Planting Mix
Arkansas Black Apple Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Arkansas Black Apple Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun


12-16 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:

Dark Red

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Malus 'Arkansas Black’

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

The Baker's Favorite Apple

The Arkansas Black Apple invites you to join the dark side, apple wise because its enticing glossy dark red to purple skin is filled with delicious tart and sweet flavors that are irresistible. 

Once you bite into a crisp Arkansas Black Apple you’ll hear a satisfying crunch as rich juices come flowing out of the apple’s flesh. These firm apples are the perfect healthy and refreshing snack.

Chefs from all over love cooking with Arkansas black apples because their sour flavor makes them the ideal choice for baking in pies, ciders and more. Their sharp flavor has a sweet after taste with nodes of sugar and cinnamon that will take your taste buds on a thrill ride.

Arkansas Black Apples can be stored for months, so you’ll never have to be without them. The longer that they sit in cold storage the sweeter they’ll be. You will notice your delectable apples tasting sweeter and sweeter every month after their harvest. 

Get pounds of apples as well as a beautiful ornamental tree with the Arkansas Black Apple. Every spring this apple tree erupts with an explosion of white fragrant blooms, bringing beauty to the landscape.

In the fall as the dark apples ripen they pop against the lush green leaves, to stand out and capture everyone’s attention with their beauty. Best of all your Black Arkansas Apples will be ready for harvest around October, just in time for cider season.

Arkansas Black Apples provide beauty as well as a tremendous amount of fruit. With a little water the low maintenance Arkansas Black apple will flourish and pump out enough fruit to share with your friends and neighbors.

Don’t hesitate to order your unique Arkansas Black Apple Trees before they all sell out. 

Arkansas Black Apple Tree Pollination

Arkansas Black Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

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Customer Reviews

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beautiful tree
I just got this tree so can't tell you ow it will do in future years, but it's a beauty "5-6 ft" tree but it's really 7 feet and growing fast. So I'm getting a second.
May 28, 2016
Warwick, MA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Well branched tree, thick trunk
put it right in the ground with root rocket and 1/2 bag of fertilized soil and its taken off like a rocket. Additionally, they shipped me a beautiful tree ??
September 28, 2016
northport, NY
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
We are ordering more.
The tree arrived in good shape. We have only had the tree for a few months and it's already blooming.
May 6, 2017
10 months ago
Healthy fast grower
Nice shape healthy tree
May 17, 2017
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
Great tree really healthy !
June 6, 2017
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
Good so far
My arkansas black apple tree has only been in the ground a couple months, but is growing good.
June 18, 2017
9 months ago
The tree is doing well and it's growing in a pot in our back yard. No issues at all and very easy to maintain
September 25, 2017
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
Black apple surprise
The tree arrived in fair condition and needed water immediately. I couldn't plant them immediately so I took them out of the shipping container put in the shade out of the wind AND KEPT THEM WATERED. I was surprised how they responded to be kept in the shade. After a week I was able to plant the trees. The deer defoliated the trees so I have no idea at this point how they will survive. I placed a wire barrier around the tree to keep the deer away. I hope they survive!
June 20, 2017
Independence, OH
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Tree is a little leaf bare at the moment we'll have to see.
Tree is a little leaf bare at the moment we'll have to see. I do hope it makes it through the hot Texas summer.
August 5, 2017
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
All apples fell off... hopefully will see some next year
So far the tree is doing good... thought I'm going to have a couple of apples this year... but they fell off... hopefully I'll see some when tree is more established. Can't really give 5 stars as I don't know how well it makes till next year
May 13, 2017
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Arkansas Black Apple Tree

Arkansas Black Apple Tree Planting Diretions

The Arkansas Black Apple Tree (Malus 'Arkansas Black’) gets its name from the dark, glossy, red to purple apples it produces. Recommended for USDA growing zones 4-9, it can be grown almost anywhere and also doubles as a beautiful ornamental tree for your garden. Slowly reaching a mature height of 12-15 feet tall and width of 8-10 feet wide, in the spring the tree blooms fragrant white flowers and by fall, your Arkansas Black Apples are ready for harvesting. Bite into the golden, juicy flesh and enjoy the sour/tart flavor, often used for baking, or store them for up to four months and the flavor grows more sweet with time. Not only are they delicious, but they also provide a good source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Arkansas Black apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Arkansas Black apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Arkansas Black apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Arkansas Black apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about ⅓ of their length. This will assist the tree in compensating the reduction in the roots trimmed to fit the pot. Trim off any intersecting, damaged, dead, or diseased looking periodically. This should be done in the summer and late winter seasons.

Fertilizing (in ground): An annual fertilizing with a balanced 10-10-10 formula will be sufficient for your Arkansas Black apple. If your soil is naturally fertile then do not feed (fertilize) the tree until it has reached two years old. Be sure to only apply the fertilizer in the warmer seasons. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer to ensure you don’t burn the roots or overdo it.

Fertilizing (potted): While the potted Arkansas Black apple tree is still young, feed it a ½ strength, balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks while in the growing season. When the tree gets a bit older you can start using fruit fertilizers. Reduce the feedings for your apple tree in the late fall season and avid fertilizing at all in the winter season.

Harvesting: As the apples near their final stages of ripening they should be picked once they reach the correct size and color. Even if the fruit is removed while just under ripened it can be picked and ripened in the refrigerator.

Pollination chart for Arkansas Black Apple: If there happens to be a crab apple tree nearby then you may not need a cross pollinator for your apples to grow. Crab apple trees are “universal pollinators” for apple trees but the other specific apple trees listed below will work as a cross pollinator for your tree.

Fuji Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Gala Apple Tree
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree
McIntosh Apple Tree
Pink Lady® Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Red Delicious Apple Tree

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Amazing flavor. Appreciate non-hybrid trees
Eldon B on Dec 30, 2017
Looks and sounds interesting
Tina M on Sep 29, 2017
Amazing flavor. Appreciate non-hybrid trees
Eldon B on Dec 30, 2017
Never had 1 of these. They sound great!
Kelley T on Oct 2, 2017
Looks and sounds interesting
Tina M on Sep 29, 2017
We are trying to bring a different type of apple to a orchard we are trying to save.
JJ C on Sep 13, 2017
I'm very excited to the try this unique variety! It's lovely and is likely to survive our cold short season climate and produce on top of it. I'm hoping to bake lots of apple desserts from this tree some day! I've already received a nice healthy tree from Fast Growing Trees this spring and I'm ready to try one more with confidence
Jennifer R on Aug 8, 2017
the apple look beautiful.
somboon j on Aug 6, 2017
Pollinator to Granny Smith. I like tart apples.
Marquita H on Aug 3, 2017
It is beautiful!! I needed a pollinator for this tree so I also got a Granny Smith. I can't wait to see them together
Jeannie Z on Jul 29, 2017
finally found an apple tree that will bear fruit in my zone so cool i was going to wait to buy a month or so but had to have it now Want to thank Fast Growing for being there when i needed trees when i could not get anywhere else
Neil S on Jul 12, 2017
I live in the Blue Ridge mountains and this tree is said to be hardy. We get some tough winters.
Ron I on Jun 23, 2017
it seemed like an interesting kind of apple!
angie c on Jun 2, 2017
baking apple with moderately sized mature tree
Jennifer V on May 31, 2017
Rates highfor cross pollination with a gala apple. Sweet Chris high producing and cold climate resistant
James O on May 15, 2017
My MIL said she was intrigued by it, and I have wanted to grow apple trees. It looks pretty, and the info I've seen makes me interested in tasting it.
Nicole G on May 12, 2017
Not only was the color appealing, but the potential for making wonderful apple pies was a decision-maker for me. In addition, I prefer to have more original things- things no one else in the neighborhood has.
Rachel P on May 9, 2017
I like the color and it grows in zone 9.
RONALD K on May 7, 2017
I've never seen an apple like this! A fun addition to our new orchard.
Kevin N on Apr 26, 2017
Wanted to try something different and I needed a pollinator for my honeycrisp tree.
harold s on Apr 26, 2017
we need a cross pollinator for our Pink Lady apple tree
David R on Apr 25, 2017
This tree will be planted in sandy soil on 40 acres of deer hunting land. The fruit will be for human and deer consumption.
Mike S on Apr 21, 2017
very different
Daniel R on Apr 12, 2017
I want to plant more unusual apples and not the standard ones.
Linda L on Mar 25, 2017
Cross pollination with Fuji
Brad N on Feb 17, 2017
Something new.
Robert S on Feb 13, 2017
Something new to add to the orchard.
Marc B on Jan 27, 2017
Because I have never seen one before and I love to grow unique fruit
Brian B on Oct 29, 2016
I like them
Kevin H on Oct 2, 2016
This is a cool-looking apple and I want some!
Amanda Z on Sep 9, 2016
It is a different variety and has interesting characteristics.
Marvine H on Sep 3, 2016
Never had 1 of these. They sound great!
Kelley T on Oct 2, 2017
We are trying to bring a different type of apple to a orchard we are trying to save.
JJ C on Sep 13, 2017
How long does it take to see fruit?
Giselle A on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can take 2-5 years to produce.
What pollinator information would a prospective purchasor need to know? Additionally, is this variety available (prospectively anywhere) in a dwarf version?
Andrea M on Mar 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The pollinators are the Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Jonathan, McIntosh, Pink Lady and the Yellow Delicious.
Would this be an acceptable variety for an espalier?
Katie W on Jul 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. AB is a partial tip bearer and fruits well even when small/young. If you search growingfruit dot org they have some discussion threads about espalier that are helpful. When I got my AB last year it was a bit tall for an espalier as the first limb junction was chest height. So keep in mind smaller is better for shaping.
How much space do I need to allow for my Arkansa black and my Pixie Crunch Apple tree?
Kevin H on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would space them at least 15ft apart.
What crab apple trees will pollinate this tree?
Hannah W on Oct 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Any crabapple will pollinate an apple.

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