People drive hundreds of miles to buy luscious Macoun Apples (Malus 'Macoun') at roadside stands. They are famous for their delicious dessert qualities.
Fragrant, great texture and a complex mix of spicy, sweet and tart make them a real favorite. Macoun Apples (Malus 'Macoun') are in high demand as products sold at roadside stands and pick-your-own orchards; now, you can grow your very own in your backyard.
A brilliant dark red-wine colored apple with a contrasting creamy white interior, these are fantastically flavorful fruit! Wonderful eaten straight from the tree, you can use them in salads and fruit cups. Macoun also stands up to baking and remains firm. Try them in a pie, crisp, or tarts that make your family happy.
Its delicious floral flavor also is great for making apple juice and applesauce. We like mixing them with other apple varieties to complement the full flavor spectrum.
How wonderful to pluck a delicious apple right off the branch while enjoying a warm day in your garden, and take a big, juicy bite, savoring its honeyed sweetness. The white, firm, juicy flesh has extremely high-quality sweetness and tart flavor.
People say the taste of the Macoun is better than any other apple. Why not grow your own?
The Macoun Apple tree itself grows upright and blooms mid-late season. It's a great pollinator partner, and pollinates early-blooming Apple trees, as well as ones blooming mid-season and late in the season!
Smaller-sized tree, Macoun make perfect dual-purpose edible landscaping trees, beautiful front garden specimen plants as they are patio shade and accent trees!
The blooms alone make these a tree you’d want to highlight this tree as a focal point. Lovely rows for property definition and privacy.
Small enough for urban yards and small orchards, as well as tucking into an existing orchard for an extension of the harvest season.
Fruit trees thrive in the full sun, you’ll get the largest crops and blooms in 8 plus hours of sunlight.
Hardy in growing zones 4-7, these are cold-tolerant trees! Developing the best flavor after some cool autumn nights, Macoun prefers colder growing zones.
A cross between McIntosh and Jersey Black apples they are heavy producers that should be thinned early in the season. You'll want the largest, highest quality apples to ripen for you. Thinning also helps your tree produce a consistent crop each year.
Though the tree is adaptable and can thrive in many soil types, your planting site will need to have good air circulation, well-drained soil and full sunlight.
Keep to a regular watering schedule and do not allow it to dry out during drought. Protect your investment with consistent, average moisture and a layer of mulch to insulate the roots and retain moisture.
Since the Macoun Apple is a late harvest fruit, it extends your harvest when planted with early ripening Apple selections such as Honeycrisp, mid-season McIntosh, and end-season Fuji, ensuring you’ll have nearly 5 months of fresh Apples to sell at your roadside stand or to just enjoy on your own in your garden.
Don’t miss out on this unique and flavorful fruit of Macoun Apple Tree! Order today, because Nature Hills sells out of this popular Apple Tree quickly!
Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.
Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.
Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.
Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.
Dormant prune to:
Prune Apple trees in the summer to:
Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!
Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.
For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.
Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.
Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.
Macoun is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:
Macoun’s are typically ready to harvest in October.
Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.
The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.
NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Macoun Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|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||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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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.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Macoun'|
|Mature Height||12 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3-5 Years|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|