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MacFree Apple

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An easy-care, improved McIntosh! The fruit is aromatic with tangy, tender flesh iconic of its parent. A compact, yet heavy-bearing tree. Disease-resistant to apple scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust, and fire blight. Originates from Ottawa, Ontario in 1963. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® BraeStar™ or Stark® Lodi.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp, Juicy
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 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' 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. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Disease free
Sharon D on Feb 2, 2017
Interested in the disease resistance.
Carl R on May 30, 2016
Disease free
Sharon D on Feb 2, 2017
disease resistant and like the apples to eat and cook with
Marianne F on Jan 21, 2017
Interested in the disease resistance.
Carl R on May 30, 2016
Resistance to fire blight and cedar apple rust
Michael K on May 29, 2016
Love the Machintosh . Will take a chance to see if this can be successful in the Portland ,OR. / cool winters , mild summers and a lot of rain from Nov. to March.
Chose the disease resistant variety to give it the best shot at surviving and thriving.
Anthony S on Apr 14, 2016
Cedar rust resistance
Bryan S on Apr 8, 2016
disease resistant and like the apples to eat and cook with
Marianne F on Jan 21, 2017
Resistance to fire blight and cedar apple rust
Michael K on May 29, 2016

Customer Reviews

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MacFree Apple
We had Macfree on our farm and had a huge harvest of apples without any kind of spray. Three summers ago we moved and started another Macfree. On its third summer it has Apple blossoms! They are s great producer of juicy,sweet apples with no spray!
May 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
Year 1 - grew to about 5 feet
Year 1 winter - rabbit damage killed the main trunk
Year 2 - came out from just above graft. Due to roots established from year 1, grew to just over 6 feet
Year 3 - no blossoms but looks good. Might get some fruit next year.
May 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Great tree
Has survived the deer and rust fungus. That's amazing
August 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
MacFree Apple
MacFree apple was received in May 2014 barerooted and began growing immediately after planting. Now after only 2 years it set some fruit, which was removed to allow the tree to grow this spring and it continues growing at a fast pace as have the other 3 mature apple trees (Jonafree, Honey Crisp and Enterprise)I purchased from Starkbros.
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
Nice Tree
Well on its way to becoming a nice little tree! Flowers were sparse this year, but not bad.
May 7, 2017
over 3 years ago
seems healthy, still maturing
My MacFree Apple semi-dwarf tree arrived carefully-packed in early spring. I had the garden spot ready for it and put it right in the ground, and within a few months noticed signs of growth. A year later, it has branched out well and is growing in height and width, but it's still early. I don't expect to get fruit for a few years yet, so am not really in a position to rate the tree for the quality of its fruit or productivity. For delivery, though, Stark does a good job.
August 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Good tree
I am happy with the MacFree tree I purchased.It is branching out nicely and I look forward to seeing apples in the years ahead.
June 8, 2017
over 3 years ago