Arkansas Black is an heirloom apple variety that came out of Arkansas in the mid-1800's. The apples are red and they turn a dark red color as they ripen. They are tart in taste when picked from the tree but the flavor mellows in storage. Arkansas black apples will keep for six months if stored properly. Pollinate with Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Jonathan. Arkansas Black is an excellent apple to grow organically. Resistant to cedar apple rust. It grows and produces best in USDA zones 5- 7 (and maybe the northern part of zone 8). 800-900 chill hours. Pollinate with two different varieties that are also pollination partners Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Gala, Enterprise dwarf, Yellow Delicious, Southern Crabapple, or one self-fertile variety like Granny Smith. Arkansas Black will not act as a pollinator.