About the Starkspur® McIntosh Apple Tree

A productive, traditional McIntosh tree for any garden! McIntosh is a popular variety of apple that is known for its sweet, juicy flavor and crisp, white flesh. The Starkspur® McIntosh bears the same fruit with the same ripening time as other McIntosh apples, with a productive, spurring growth habit. It was discovered as a bud mutation of the Summerland McIntosh in 1968, originating in Oyama, British Columbia, Canada.

The Starkspur® McIntosh apple is a medium to large size apple, with crimson red skin on a pale-yellow background. The flesh of the apple is crisp and white, and has a sweet, juicy flavor with a hint of tartness. These apples are great for eating fresh and are also popular for use in cooking, baking and apple cider.

How to Grow a Starkspur® McIntosh Apple Tree

The Starkspur® McIntosh apple tree is a hardy, reliable variety that is well-suited to growing in a range of climates. It is a vigorous grower, with a spreading canopy and dark green leaves. The fruit-bearing spurs line the branches – resulting in a bountiful harvest come fall!

Overall, McIntosh is a popular and reliable choice for any backyard orchard or cottage garden. Its sweet, juicy flavor and crisp, white flesh make it a delicious and versatile choice for a variety of applications.

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

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'

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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 100' 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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