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Hardy Tree with Early Apple Harvest

McIntosh Apple is not only a lovely tree, but provides delicious apples early in the season. One would look enticing anywhere in your landscape where you're able to watch the daily developing of your bright red apple harvest.

Your McIntosh Apple Tree is best known for its sumptuous fruit. Its brilliant scarlet skin, thin and smooth to the touch, creates the perfect, crisp crunch when bitten into. The pink-streaked, white flesh is both juicy and tart, prized for a variety of culinary uses.

As if the exceptional harvest weren't enough, your McIntosh Apple Tree is also sure to be a decorative addition to your yard. No landscape is complete without a spring infusion of delicate apple blossoms in mid-April.

The scent and sight of the dainty flowers is sure to create a strong lure to pollinators, who will flock to your yard to enjoy the display. As the apples begin to develop, you'll enjoy watching as your fruit transitions into red, decorative balls amid the vibrant green leaves.

The McIntosh apple tree is a heavy producer of small to medium sized apples that ripen early,. In fact, your apples will be ready for harvest in mid-September and persist into early winter. The tree is cold hardy and party self-fruitful.

If a pollinator is desired however, Red Delicious, Gala or any other apple tree will do well. It's quite simply a hardy tree that will require little care from you, but provide an early harvest of wonderful fruit every year.

McIntosh apple trees were discovered growing wild in Canada in 1976. It is the most popular cultivar in Eastern Canada and New England, and is sure to be one of your favorites as well.

  • Outstanding, early fruit
  • Heavy producing
  • Hardy tree

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Mysterious McIntosh Apple

The story of the McIntosh Apple is a story of love and luck, and it will continue to be told for years to come.

John McIntosh was born in 1777 in the Mohawk Valley in New York. There, he met the love of his life, Dolly Irwin. John's family did not approve of Miss Irwin's family who were loyalist. In 1796, McIntosh would leave his family to follow his love to Upper Canada. Unfortunately, by the time he finds the family, Dolly Irwin had passed away.

John settles in as a farmer in this harsh northern climate and makes modest gains. In 1801, he marries Hannah Doren and continues to farm until 1811, when he swaps his land for some undeveloped land that his brother-in-law has. Though the land was undeveloped, it had promise.

While clearing the land, John comes upon a group of wild seedling apples which he recognizes. Knowing that the climate was not the best for apple trees, he transplants them to his yard hoping that a more adapted apple variety might occur. What came out of those wild apple seedlings was the McIntosh Apple.

John McIntosh began selling seedling of his special fruit, but the fruit from the seedlings were never that good. Then, about 1835, John's son Allan (who many say should be credited with the introduction) learns about grafting and soon begins selling the apple variety, called the McIntosh Red, from the family farm.

It is still unknown what the parent varieties are, but some speculate that the Fameuse, also known as Snow, has many traits in common. Though in the early 1800's, in Upper Canada, there are very few other apple varieties besides Crabapples to act as a parent cross. Others have speculated varieties Fall St. Lawrence and Alexander as the parent cross. So, the mystery of the delicious McIntosh Apple continues.


McIntosh Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Botanical Name Malus 'McIntosh'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years