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Early McIntosh Apple

Item #133220, Standard. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Ripens earlier than other McIntosh! This vibrant red, easy-peel fruit has a sweet-tart taste and cream-white flesh. Complex flavor and spice make it a good choice for fresh-eating and especially sauces and cider. Keeps well (1 to 2 months in proper storage). Cold-hardy. Ripens in early August. Pollinator required: Choose another early or mid-blooming apple variety, like Cortland, Stark® BraeStar™, or Stark® Lodi. See more Recommended Pollinators below.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
best for applesauce, great for fresh eating, large apple
TIMOTHY O on Jun 1, 2016
best for applesauce, great for fresh eating, large apple
TIMOTHY O on Jun 1, 2016
Can this variety be pollinated by Red Delicious apple trees?
Alison R on May 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The bloom times may overlap in most years, but you may have better luck with another early blooming variety for your Early McIntosh????? like Wolf River, SnowSweet, Stark?? BraeStar???, Zestar!??, Liberty, Cortland, Empire (to name a few) ??? and/or a crabapple tree.

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