Great for all uses. There is disagreement about whether this apple is the same as Arkansas, which also has the synonym Mammoth Black Twig. Whatever the case, this is a strong, vigorous tree with high quality apples that ripen late and store for a long time. Fruit is medium to large with varying color, usually green to yellow skin that is streaked and flushed red to burgundy. The yellow flesh is firm, juicy, and fine grained with tannic juice that adds a kick to sweet or hard cider.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.