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A splendidly sweet Mac-type treat! Tree has a spreading growth habit, with semi-spur bud formation. Pioneer blooms early, with attractive pink-purple flowers that give way to forest-green, glossy leaves that refresh the air all summer. Large, slightly flattened globular fruit has very smooth, unrusseted skin with a glassy shine. The background color of mature fruit is green, with an 80% blush of very deep garnet-red. The crisp, firm, fine-textured flesh is white with a bright green tint, and contains more sugar in its juice than a standard McIntosh. Resistant to late-season fruit drop. Ripens in late August/early September, extending the McIntosh season. Discovered as a chance seedling in 1976 near Marlboro, NY. Best pollinators: Cortland, any Gala or Granny Smith.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink, Purple
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp/firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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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.

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.

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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It will grow in my area.
Bev S on Apr 22, 2020
Summer apples for deer
Gary G on Jan 10, 2020
It will grow in my area.
Bev S on Apr 22, 2020
sounds interesting and will pollinate with others I have
Lissa G on Mar 21, 2020
Summer apples for deer
Gary G on Jan 10, 2020
Unusual blossom color, late season for fruit, high sugar content, color, shape and large size of apples.
Robert B on Jan 10, 2020
sounds interesting and will pollinate with others I have
Lissa G on Mar 21, 2020
Unusual blossom color, late season for fruit, high sugar content, color, shape and large size of apples.
Robert B on Jan 10, 2020
Is the Pioneer Mac susceptible to Cedar rust?
vossenbergfa on Feb 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately this variety is not listed as disease resistant, I am very sorry. I have included a link to our disease resistant variety of apples that may be helpful if you are looking for varieties that are rust resistant. https://www.starkbros.com/search?q=disease+resistant+apple+trees I hope you find this helpful and please let us know if we can offer any additional assistance. Have a great day!
Can you use for Espalier fence?
tree guy on Feb 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can try your hand at espaliering any variety of fruit tree, as long as the fruit tree suits your climate, but dwarf or semi-dwarf trees are best for small spaces.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the shelf life for the fruit?
Jamye s on Feb 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The storage quality of the Pioneer apple is very good. It actually gets sweeter and keeps up to approx. 145 days.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can this tree be pollinated by Chehalis Apple Dwarf?
Jamye s on Feb 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Chehalis is an early blooming variety and the Pioneer Mac is a mid-season bloomer. Its is likely that they will overlap so in theory they could be used as pollinators.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will this work with lodi apple tree for pollination?
David H on Apr 7, 2020
In the write up of this product, the message lists Granny Smith apples as a pollination variety. Is that correct? It is not listed in the pollination section.
Marianne S on Apr 5, 2020

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