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Apple Tree, ‘McIntosh’

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! ‘McIntosh’ apple is best known for its sumptuous fruit. The fruit has brilliant scarlet- red skin with a touch of green, a tart flavor, and tender white flesh, which ripens in late September. In the 20th century it was one of the most popular cultivars, and is considered an all-purpose apple, suitable both for cooking and eating raw. McIntosh Apple Tree is also sure to be a decorative addition to your yard. No landscape is complete without a spring infusion of delicate pink apple blossoms in spring. The original McIntosh apple tree was named for its discoverer, John McIntosh, who found this variety on his Canadian farm in 1811.

The McIntosh apple tree is a heavy producer of medium-sized round fruit with a short stem. It has a red skin that is thick, tender, and easy to peel. Its white flesh is sometime tinged with green or pink and is juicy, tender, and firm, soon becoming soft. The flesh is easily bruised. Pollinator required – Red Delicious. It is used primarily for dessert, and requires less time to cook than most cultivars. The fruit grows best in cool areas where nights are cold and autumn days are clear; otherwise, it suffers from poor color and soft flesh, and tends to fall from the tree before harvest. It stores for two to three months in air.

Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown fruit trees in America. If the proper variety is selected, one may grow apples in any one of the lower 48 states. Apples have long been considered a fruit for northern states only. However, there are several apple varieties that will produce delicious apples in the South as well. Most apple trees require cross-pollination or the presence of a crab apple tree to bear fruit. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties, so we have selected the top choices for home gardening. Also, many of our selections are well known commercial varieties that most Americans have come across in their local grocery.

Plant Details +

Botanical Malus domestica 'McIntosh'
Cultivator Type Apple 'McIntosh'
Height 15-20' or as pruned
Spacing 10-12'
Hardiness Zone 3-7, -30º to -40ºF.
Exposure Full to partial sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Red with a bit of green
Harvest September

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.