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Arkansas Black Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2011
Age of this tree:9 years
Soil:heavy clay 
Climate at this location:warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning:summer pruning for size control, minimal winter pruning
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated

Owner's comments

Light, very precocious crops in 2012 (2 apples for the first crop) and 2013 (4 apples). Much heavier and very protracted blossoming this year, from early May until very early July. Currently 13 apples have set, with one more possible.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
    Extremely long blossoming period this year: from early May until the last flower (so far) opened on July 17. It seemed to have two flowering periods, both long. This is a much heavier crop than before, with 13 apples on a small narrow tree (7 feet tall).
  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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