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McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Tree

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McIntosh Apple Tree

The McIntosh apple is a tasty all-purpose apple, ideal for baking, eating raw or even turning into cider.

Our carefully cultivated McIntosh trees not only produce a bountiful harvest, but also begin producing very quickly so that you don't have to wait years to enjoy these crisp and tangy apples.

McIntosh trees usher in the change of season with their harvest, producing a vigorous crop of apples in late September as autumn settles in across the country. These apples are festively colored, with bright red and green skin surrounding the white and juicy flesh. The tangy taste of the McIntosh has just a hint of spice, which has helped to make them a favorite for apple cider and apple pies.

The McIntosh trees that you can buy at most nurseries are thin, branchless stems that take years to produce fruit. Our McIntosh Apples are professionally pruned and trained for an extra year to develop a strong branching structure. The results of this extra effort are dramatic—instead of waiting years for an apple harvest, your McIntosh tree should yield fruit in the very first year after planting.

McIntosh Apple trees thrive in growing zones 4-8. They prefer partial to full sunlight, and have a strong tolerance of drought conditions. These trees are very hardy but not self-fertile—you will need another apple tree nearby in order to pollinate your McIntosh and enjoy the bountiful harvest for which they are known. The Gala Apple, Fuji Apple, Honeycrisp Apple, Yellow Delicious Apple, Jonathon Apple, Pink Lady Apple and Granny Smith Apple trees are all common pollinators for the McIntosh.

The tastiness and versatility of the McIntosh apple has made it one of the most popular varieties in the country. It has a juicy and delicate flesh that purees well, making it ideal for juices and ciders, applesauce and apple butter, or for thickening seasonal soups. The McIntosh has a tanginess that spices up dessert dishes but also works well atop savory dishes like salad or pizza.

These wonderful apples would be well worth the wait, but with our pruned and mature trees the endless possibilities of the McIntosh apple are only a season away.

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Compatible Growing Zone

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Growing Zone 4,5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'McIntosh'
Mature Width 10-12 ft. Mature Height 15-20 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 900
Drought Tolerance Very Good Spacing 8-10 ft.


Growing Zone 4,5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'McIntosh'
Mature Width 10-12 ft. Mature Height 15-20 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 900
Drought Tolerance Very Good Spacing 8-10 ft.

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.


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Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.