Arkansas Black Apple Trees Bareroot 2-3 feet tall–Crisp, Juicy Fruit– Ideal for Regions with Cold Winters!!


The Arkansas Black Apple Tree (Malus domestica ‘Arkansas Black’) is a distinct and prized apple variety known for its striking appearance and rich, sweet-tart flavor. This deciduous fruit tree is a favorite among orchard enthusiasts, offering both ornamental beauty and bountiful harvests.

  • Mature Height: 12-15 feet


  • Sun: Full Sun


  • Bloom Group: 4, Late Mid Season


  • Ripening Time: October


  • Pollination: Required; Tree is Triploid and will need two other trees in its vicinity to pollinate but is itself pollen sterile.


Planting Zone: Arkansas Black Apple Trees thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5-8. These trees require a chilling period during winter to produce fruit successfully, making them well-suited for regions with cold winters.

Growing Guide:

  1. Site Selection: Choose a planting location with well-draining soil and full sunlight exposure. Arkansas Black Apple Trees prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.
  2. Planting: Plant bare-root trees in late winter or early spring before bud break. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending, and position the tree at the same depth it was in the nursery. Water thoroughly after planting.
  3. Watering: Provide consistent moisture, especially during dry periods. A deep watering once a week is generally sufficient, but adjust based on local weather conditions.
  4. Fertilization: Feed the tree in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Follow recommended application rates for the tree’s age.
  5. Pruning: Prune in late winter to shape the tree and remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches. Encourage an open canopy for better air circulation and sunlight penetration.
  6. Thinning: Thin out excess fruit in late spring or early summer to promote larger and healthier apples.
  7. Pest and Disease Control: Monitor for common pests like aphids and caterpillars. Apply organic or chemical controls as needed. Use disease-resistant varieties when possible.
  8. Harvesting: Arkansas Black Apples are typically ready for harvest in late fall. Harvest when the fruit is firm, crisp, and has developed its characteristic dark color.
  9. Storage: Store harvested apples in a cool, dark place or refrigerate to extend shelf life.

Cultivating Arkansas Black Apple Trees from bare-root stock requires attention to detail in the planting process and subsequent care. Following these guidelines ensures a thriving tree that will reward you with a bounty of delicious, dark-hued apples come harvest time.

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Plants from Daylily Nursery are guaranteed to arrive healthy and green. If you have any concerns or are dissatisfied within the first five days of receiving your plants, please email or call our office so that we can help make it right! Plants require proper care and nourishment to adapt to their new surroundings. Unfortunately, if your plants have received less-than-ideal care or were purchased for planting outside of your recommended growing zone, your purchase isn’t covered by our guarantee. Zone recommendations are provided in our listings.

Plants are delicate, living things and we take pride in shipping them thoughtfully, securely and with great care. However, once they leave our facility they may encounter issues in transit that we have no control or influence over. Please note that much of our plant material, while hardy, may arrive damaged or no longer viable if shipped in severe weather conditions. Exercise caution and use your best judgment before ordering during unusually hot or cold weather (below 32 degrees F, or in excess of 95F for shipping purposes), as these extremes may leave your plant vulnerable to damage. We are proud of our products and our reputation for providing excellent plant material. We strive to keep our prices fair and reasonable and to deliver to you the best product on the market, and for that product to arrive at our customers’ doors as pristine as the day it was packed. Please help us to ensure that you receive your plant material in peak condition and ready to plant.

Successful gardening requires careful planning, often full seasons in advance. Do your research and plan ahead for the best planting time in your area. Plants with delicate new roots need the best possible head start in getting established before winter, even hardy evergreen varieties. The optimal time for planting for most of our material is in mid to late spring, past the danger of hard frost. This allows your plants the longest possible growing season. Summer and very early fall are also suitable, as long as your plant is placed in optimal conditions and receives adequate water during the hotter, dryer periods of the summer. Late fall and winter are very risky in most areas, as our plant material ships from cozy greenhouses and will struggle adapting to very cold or frozen soil, or abrupt changes in temperature. This can easily cause damage, stunting, or failure to thrive. When in doubt about suitable planting times or zone compatible plants for your area, reach out to your local Agricultural Extension Office.

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Regarding orders placed for deciduous trees during their dormant period (winter or early spring) that fail to break dormancy by May 30th, we extend our guarantee beyond the five-day notification period. Please email or call us by May 30th so we can review your order and provide the necessary assistance. Please bear in mind that we may ask for photos- this aids us in assisting you with your plant. Often stress from shipping can be the cause of delayed development, which may be overcome with informed troubleshooting.

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