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Macoun Apple

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Great flavor for the north. A cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black, with exceptional taste and quality. Fruit is medium to large in size with a deep red over a green background to contrast the crisp white flesh. Originates from Geneva, New York in 1923. Mid- to late-blooming. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Best pollinators: Honeycrisp or any Golden Delicious. A licensed variety of Cornell University.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'


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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My other one died last year, good baking apple and it's a early apple here in Minnesota, bears a lot of fruit.
Karen C on Apr 18, 2020
Have always loved the heritage style apples.
Margaret M on Apr 3, 2020
My other one died last year, good baking apple and it's a early apple here in Minnesota, bears a lot of fruit.
Karen C on Apr 18, 2020
Because my original order# 1983104 of Honeycrisp and Empire Apple semi dwarf trees was amended because of the unavailability of the Empire tree. I needed a cross pollinating tree for the Honeycrisp tree which is still on the way (I hope)
Robert G on Apr 14, 2020
Have always loved the heritage style apples.
Margaret M on Apr 3, 2020
My Wife's favorite apple!
Timothy C on Mar 22, 2020
i have a macoun and produces excellant apples
William R on Mar 8, 2020
I like this kind of apple
Karen D on Mar 7, 2020
Simply the best apple in the world.
ERIC J on Jan 15, 2020
wanted another heritage apple
Esther U on Jan 10, 2020
Trying this new variety from wife's childhood.
DAVID D on Jan 7, 2020
It???s one of my favorite cooking apples, doesn???t break down to mush and since it???s a sweet apple you don???t need to ad much sugar if at all.
Sarah D on Oct 14, 2019
Delicious white flesh with a unique apple flavor. I also mixed it with other apple types for awesome applesauce
Chez on Oct 11, 2019
I've had this tree before and it is a very good apple
BW on May 24, 2019
Great taste.
Rosalie D on May 5, 2019
This is also is a heirloom and actually my favorite apple.
SERENA M on Apr 30, 2019
This is my favorite eating apple.
Denise M on Apr 29, 2019
My favorite eating apple growing up on the farm
Jeffrey C on Mar 26, 2019
Sweet crisp apple. Smells like cinnamon when you open up the fruit drawer in the fridge. Great for fresh eating and pies
Allen G on Mar 4, 2019
My favorite!! Hoping will have good luck!
Patricia S on Feb 18, 2019
Wife loves these apples.
Bryan K on Jan 26, 2019
I love the flavor and texture of these apples
ELizabeth M on Oct 21, 2018
very good apple for cooking. can also be eaten with a nice touch of tartness.
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
Taste and consistency. Wonderful apples!
Brynn C on May 5, 2017
Best tasting apples there are
lincoln m on Apr 23, 2017
It's mid september harvesting time works well with our pick your own pumpkin business. This is a very popular apple in are area
Mike on Apr 17, 2017
A great tasting heirloom apple for eating fresh or making the best cider. Used by the oldest cider business in the country (Glastonbury, CT). Will be used as the pollinator for Honeycrisp apple trees.
Kevin T on Apr 13, 2017
Classic New England fresh eating apple. Doesn't keep well so not easy to find good ones in stores. Best when eaten right from the tree. Wish they came on dwarfing rootstock.
VINCENT L on Mar 17, 2017
i havent had a macoun for several yrs and now i can have my apple that i have ever tasted.....
gregory w r on Jan 31, 2017
We love the crisp and little bit piquant flavor of this white fleshed apple!
Jeffrey M on Jan 30, 2017
I wanted another because they taste great.
John R on Aug 25, 2016
for the crisp and early ripe
john m on Jun 3, 2016
These trees do well in our area for other growers
Kelly B on May 16, 2016
Geri C on Apr 28, 2016
I have this apple already. I love the taste. One of my best tasting apples.
Joan A on Apr 11, 2016
Love the Macoun for eating, pies and sauce- Kept Crisp and sweet for 3 mo. in the cellar.
DIANA L on Apr 3, 2016
best tasting apple in the world
Kimberly S on Mar 15, 2016
Because my original order# 1983104 of Honeycrisp and Empire Apple semi dwarf trees was amended because of the unavailability of the Empire tree. I needed a cross pollinating tree for the Honeycrisp tree which is still on the way (I hope)
Robert G on Apr 14, 2020
My Wife's favorite apple!
Timothy C on Mar 22, 2020
What kind of dirt mix for a Macoun apple tree?
Todd W on Mar 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you're planning on planting this in a container, any good potting soil will do - please make sure it is not a moisture-retaining mix, and that will likely cause root rot. If you are planting in the ground, all fruit trees like loamy soil. Apple trees prefer a pH between 5.8 and 7.0. Around 6.0 is ideal.
Can a Macintosh be a pollinator for a Macon?
Althea S on Jan 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Pioneer??? Mac Apple will pollinate with the Macoun Apple.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I bought a dwarf self pollinating stayman wineap apple tree a few years ago when i lived in northern virginia and had loads of apples. i would like to buy another one now that i have moved to the shenandoah valley. what do you have?
Frances B on May 12, 2019
How long after planting will the trees start producing fruit?
Scott K on Apr 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-5 years to bear.
will this pollinate with cortland?
Ry P on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Cortland blooms quite early to be able to pollinate with Macoun, which is a late-season apple. They're not compatible.
Can a crabapple pollinate a macoun apple? What type of crabapple? Thx.
Eugena S on May 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Crabapples are early bloomers; Macoun blooms fairly late ... it would be chancy.

Customer Reviews

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Slow growing, but a survivor!
Planted in 2016, my semi-dwarf Macoun has bloomed for the first time this spring (2019). It's still basically a whip, with no branches to speak of. The west TX high plains are tough on plants of all kinds, so the fact that the Macoun has survived for three years is a big point in its favor. Will see if we get fruit this fall, and it might even develop some branches, some day!
April 6, 2019
over 4 years ago
Open center pruning difficult due to prior pruning
I purchased Macoun apple trees from Stark in the past with very good results. This time, prior pruning of the two trees made it difficult to prune to an open center (vase shape). This is preferred for strength and yield of fruit. Since the trees were previously pruned to a central main branch, it will take a few years to correct this. I pruned to a modified vase shape (two sets of main branches) this year and plan to prune it back heavily next year to get a more open center tree.
May 11, 2018
over 3 years ago
Macoun Apples
Macoun apples are my favorite of all the apples we have planted. The sweet, crunchy taste of fall makes sauces and desserts wonderful and they store well for about four to six weeks, if done right.
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
great tree
planted this tree last spring and was expecting fruit in 2-3 years but as with a few
other trees I have bought from stark it has blossom's this year very pleased with
stark products and everyone is very friendly and helpfull
May 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Macoun apple
I planted this apple tree last year and saw the first blossoms this spring. The tree is thriving. Looking forward to when it bears fruit.
June 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Not growing well
It's hit and miss when you get bare root trees sometimes they grow good and sometimes not so good. this Macon apple tree is not growing that well it's only grown about 6 inches in two years. I have ordered other apple trees from stark bro that have grown very well.
November 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Tree did not survive
Love Macoun apples and for that reason had ordered among other Macoun apple tree. Due to my disappointment the plant did not survived long.
The cranberries and grapes ordered from this company are growing great.
May 15, 2017
Nice growth
I purchased this tree one year ago and am thrilled that it survived the winter and had tons of growth last summer. The tree budded out and has shown it wasn't bothered at all by my zone 4 winter. The size of the tree when it was shipped was bigger than I expected and it was packed very well.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
I bought a standard Macoun
Supposedly this is a quite prolific apple, and drops fruit all quite suddenly. It gets good reviews in the taste department, so I decided to give one a try. I chose a standard tree, which will provide deer with whatever I don't use for myself or give away. The tree has exhibited tremendous growth, so I'm quite hopeful for it.
May 2, 2017
over 4 years ago
doing well
Planted Spring of 2016. Growing well with 3 new limbs about 6 inches long as of today, May 9, 2016.
May 9, 2016
over 4 years ago