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McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Tree

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These McIntosh Apple Trees produce plenty of fruit because they're pruned to promote more branches. Enjoy the famous, crisp, sweet flavor the first season under optimal conditions. Harvest these apples in mid September.

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McIntosh Apple Tree

Light - Tangy Flavor

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McIntosh apples are famous for their light, tangy flavor and distinctive red skin. 

These apples ripen early in the season, and these Macintosh trees produce heavily! 

Enjoy your Macintosh apples fresh, or use them for baking and cooking in pies and sauces, even for apple cider! You’ll love how quickly this tree will grow and begin producing delicious Macintosh apples! 

Grow your fruit organically. No longer will you worry about spraying your trees with chemicals and pesticides. Just plant your tree and pick your fruit right off the branches! 

Most nurseries sell tall, skinny stems with no branches, referred to as “whips”. These take years to produce and even in maturity will no produce an impressive harvest. 

Our Macintosh apples are more mature trees that have been trained to produce a branching structure. This requires an extra year of work for us, but the results you experienced will be dramatic! As a matter of fact, some of them are already producing apples in the nursery! 

Begin harvesting your Macintosh apples as soon as the first season under ideal conditions! 

Pair with one of our other apple trees for pollination.

McIntosh Apple Tree Pollination

McIntosh Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another apple tree to achieve fruiting. Below are the most common pollinators...
•  Gala Apple Tree •  Jonathan Apple Tree
•  Fuji Apple Tree •  Red Delicious Apple Tree
•  Honeycrisp Apple Tree •  Pink Lady Apple Tree
•  Yellow Delicious Apple Tree •  Granny Smith Apple Tree
Crab Apple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

For more information on apple pollination, view our Apple Pollination Guide.

Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 10-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Very Good
Rootstock: EMLA-111
Botanical Name: Malus 'McIntosh'
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, OR,
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your McIntosh Apple Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your McIntosh Apple Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your McIntosh Apple Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your McIntosh Apple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Love the tree! It came well insulated in its box. It is thriving. We pruned it in the winter and it has grown over a foot already this spring. Lots of new branches and leaves. It is a very happy tree!
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December 31, 2012
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Just got my new Mcintosh tree along with 4 other trees. I am so pleased. Giddy I guess is more accurate! They are so beautiful and healthy!!! Can't wait to plant them! Thank you everyone at fast growing you guys ROCK!!!
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December 31, 2012
A gift for my friend (paired with a Honeycrisp), purchased & planted at the end of June 2014, just three months ago at Minnesota. It appears to have settled in well and has grown at least one foot in height.

The trees have generated much local interest with everyone apparently looking forward to sharing the first (and subsequent) crops of both.
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September 24, 2014
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We bought one of these Mackintosh apple trees from you couple months ago and didn't realize until when planting the tree that the craft union is 3' off the ground unlike all our other fruit trees that have it close to the ground. What is the reason for having it so high? Are there any benefits to it?

I'm also interested in knowing what root stock you used for our tree as 3 of the 4 branches that the tree has are below the craft union? We are not sure what to do - if we prune the 3 root stock branches only a single whip is left. If we leave the branches, what kind of fruit will come from the root stock branches, if any?
Tom L on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I planted mine a year ago, but don't know anything about the root stock. I would remove anything below the graft union if I were you.
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my son has a productive mcintosh apple tree . without any help to pollinate. yet i thought y ou said another tree was necessary Is IT????
A shopper on Aug 28, 2014
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I like to plant couple apple trees in VA is July to late?
Tnx Paul
Alexander P on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant the McIntosh Apple Tree is in the early Spring or early Fall. However if temperatures aren't scorching hot around 90 degrees and above it will be fine to plant this tree now.
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I just bought some trees and I need to know if I should plant them now or keep them in a green house till spring?
Kelly J on Oct 23, 2014
Best Answer: You can plant them now Kelly. We did with ours. We have A McIntosh Apple Tree and it's doing quite well. It took really fast to being planted in the ground. We didn't have any problems. Good luck with yours! :)
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How long is the growing season for these apples? Where I live there are often frosts in the first parts of June, and the end of August. Is there enough time in those 10-12 weeks for the apples to grow and ripen?
Hannah B on Aug 19, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Will my Trees and Shrubs 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 at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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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.