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McIntosh Apple

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Description

Moderately large fruit with an appetizing apple aroma. Tree is a vigorous grower and a precocious bearer. Fruit is vibrant-red, thin, and peels easily and flesh is tender with a sprightly sweet-tart taste. Wonderful apple for fresh-eating, sauces, and cider. Good keeper in proper storage. Cold-hardy. Ripens in August. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® BraeStar™ or Stark® Lodi.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Early Season
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Pollination

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Lived up North and grew up on McIntosh apples, love the crisp tart flavor.
Kim C on Jun 11, 2018
These are a wonderful apple. Great for pies too.
Corine S on May 29, 2018
Lived up North and grew up on McIntosh apples, love the crisp tart flavor.
Kim C on Jun 11, 2018
my grandchildren like this variety of apples
stella m on Jun 9, 2018
These are a wonderful apple. Great for pies too.
Corine S on May 29, 2018
Needed to replace a dead apple tree from local Box Store. I have bought apple trees from StarkBros in the past with success.
EDWARD P on May 11, 2018
I already have several. It's a tried and true variety
JAMES B on May 11, 2018
Baking apple
Scott S on Apr 22, 2018
best for apple sauce and canning
Jeffrey H on Jan 10, 2018
my grandchildren like this variety of apples
stella m on Jun 9, 2018
Needed to replace a dead apple tree from local Box Store. I have bought apple trees from StarkBros in the past with success.
EDWARD P on May 11, 2018
is a zestar a good pollinator for mcintosh ?
Patrick M on Jun 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes both varieties are early season bloomers so they should work together for pollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I cross pollinate my mcintosh tree with a keiffer pear tree? I don't want to buy 2 apple trees.
Eddie on Feb 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately no you can not use a pear to pollinate an apple tree. You have to have another variety of apple with the same bloom time for pollination in order for the tree to bear fruit. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark?? BraeStar??? or Stark?? Lodi.
How many chill hours do these Macintosh need? Will they cross pollinate with Gala or Fuji apple trees?
Andrea S on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Andrea - McIntosh Apple trees require 900 chill hours. Yes a gala can be used as a pollinator for the McIntosh. If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

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MacIntosh Apple
My two MacIntosh apple tress are doing great so far! I would definitely recommend them!
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
I planted the tree in the fall of 2018, we had a cold hard winter but the tree came through the -40 winter. In a couple of years I will know more as to how the fruit is .
June 3, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
looks healthy
Tickled it has survived the winter and hoping for some fruit in the fall.
May 28, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Apple tree
The tree is doing well. Very nice quality! This is the second year. It is growing well and very hardy.
May 5, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
growing well
This tree is growing well. Hoping it continues to grow big and strong
May 12, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good tree
Growing like crazy. Over a foot of growth in the first year. Leave are coming in nice and healthy in year 2.
May 5, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Grows fast and healthy!
This tree grows fast and healthy. It's already huge after a year!
June 26, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
McIntosh
Tried and true variety. Did not product fruit this year. I think it needs a full 5 years before it products can't wait.The main stem is thickening so I think it will product in two years.
May 25, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Xcellent Tree
Planted this Apple tree last spring and already is blossoming this year in 2019. I love fruits trees.
June 1, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Very nice looking trees and they grew a good amount for being bare root.
May 14, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago