Macoun Apple Tree
Popular Roadside Stand Apple in Your Own Backyard!
The Macoun Apple, Malus 'Macoun', is a dessert-type apple exhibiting similar characteristics to McIntosh. Macoun is recognized for its high quality. Its flesh is white, firm, and juicy.
This apple is a high demand item for the roadside market and pick-your-own trade. Its honey sweetness makes up for the mild flavor. Great for eating fresh and for snacks, salads, and fruit cups, and it also makes good applesauce.
The tree is upright in habit requiring aggressive thinning to maintain annual cropping. Macoun blooms in mid-season and will pollinate all other early blooming apple varieties, varieties blooming in the middle of the season, and also varieties blooming late in the season.
Plant about a month after the first killing frost in the fall or about a month before the last killing frost in the spring. Select a planting site that has good air, drainage, full sunlight and deep, well drained soil.
* Exceptional honey-like taste
* Great pollinator for Honeycrisp
* Makes great homemade applesauce
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Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Macoun Apple Grown for Fresh Eating and Baking
A cross between the most popular of apples, the McIntosh, and the heirloom variety called the Jersey Black, the Macoun Apple has become one of the most popular apples grown in New England for the last 70 years. This late-mid season favorite has become a standard variety at you-pick orchards and roadside stands throughout the eastern apple growing regions. Macoun's popularity has also found its way into America's backyard.
It was first crossed in 1909 at the research facility at the New York Agricultural Experimental Station in Geneva, NY. The first commercial introduction occurred in 1923, the same year that the Experimental Station in Geneva became a part of Cornell University.
It's named after a renowned Canadian pomologist, W.T. Macoun, who was the founder of the Ontario Horticultural Association. W.T. Macoun, between 1898 to 1910, managed 24 different experimental farms throughout Canada, and was the recipient of the Carter Gold Medal for Advancement of horticulture.
The great deep wine red, almost black color comes from the dark skin of the Jersey Black parent. When loaded with a full crop, the tree is prized for the beautiful ornamental presentation of dark red apples ready for harvest on the tree. The juicy, sweet, tart flavor, however, can only be defined as McIntosh-like, but with a firmness not found in the softer fleshed McIntosh.
The versatility has become a signature. Great as a fresh eating apple, some say it will ruin your taste buds for any other apple. Highly prized as a cooking and baking apple, and because of the firmness it works well in pies, crisps, and other popular baked apple recipes. It's great for juicing and apple sauces where it compliments being mixed with other apple varieties.
This is a late harvest for those desiring successive ripening. Planting with an early ripening apple selection, like Honeycrisp, along with a mid-season McIntosh, then the late mid-season Macoun, and finally a Fuji to end the season, makes for almost 5 months of fresh apples from the roadside stand, the you-pick orchard, or the backyard garden.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Macoun'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|