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McIntosh Apple Tree

Malus 'McIntosh'


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-t- Planting Mix
McIntosh Apple Tree Planting Mix

Helps your McIntosh Apple Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

10-12 ft.


Full Sun


15-20 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:

Very Good

Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:

Red and Green

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Malus 'McIntosh'

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

Light - Tangy Flavor

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!

McIntosh Apple Tree Pollination

McIntosh Apple Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple 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.

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Customer Reviews

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The McIntosh Apple Tree
We bought 2 of the McIntosh apple trees, and they are on their 3rd year, and have not gotten apples yet.
July 24, 2015
Grantham, NH
over 4 years ago
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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!
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
As advertised
Everything went as advertised. I did a phone order since I had a couple of questions, the salesperson was very friendly and helpful with all my questions. The tree came next day it was shipped, I already prepared the hole day before, just followed enclosed instructions. It's been a little over a week and new leaves are appearing.
September 30, 2015
Beaverton, MI
over 2 years ago
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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!!!
January 1, 2013
All that was said it would be
Got a 7 foot stick in Spring now have an 8 foot tree complete with leaves and buds so far it is great
June 13, 2016
Easton, PA
1 year ago
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My McIntosh Trees
Just planted them and they are doing well. Look forward to next year to see growth. Only had a few yellow leaves when arrived. Look great in my yard and the birds already love them too.
September 12, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Can't Wait
Took to the soil straight away. I can't wait to taste these apples.
So hardy.
Strong trees.
May 18, 2017
10 months ago
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Received our tree
The tree arrived! I am excited at how healthy it looks.
September 18, 2015
over 2 years ago
Well I ordered a 5-6 ft Tree last week and recieved a 7'+ with a sturdy trunk, nice branches, and lots of green leaves. So far they look beautiful. They even had to bend the top to fit it in the shipping box. Not only am I ordering from them again, I put in another order that comes Wednesday. Wednesday can't come soon enough! :-)
August 15, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
my mc apple trees
Received in great shape took several days before planting. I am watering couple times a week in this Texas heat they are putting on some ,but little growth. You can let me know when they may bloom, my citrus trees I purchased at a local plant Nursery have bloomed and has fruit. the fruit trees are about the same size and planted at the same time. Maybe give me some growing hints, I live 10 miles north of Houston, Texas.
July 5, 2017
10 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your McIntosh Apple Tree

McIntosh Apple Tree Planting Diretions

The McIntosh Apple (Malus ‘McIntosh’) is a cold hardy apple tree recommended for growing zones 4-8. They’re a full sun, semi-dwarf apple tree that has a mature height of 15-20 feet and width of 10-12 feet. They bloom in April and their apples are ready for harvest in mid-September. McIntosh apples have red and green skin with a mild tart taste making them a perfect ingredient for pies, cider and apple sauce. McIntosh apple trees are one of the few apples that are self-pollinating which means you will get fruit with just the one tree but will have a much larger fruit yield with another near by or a pollinator (listed below).

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the McIntosh apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new McIntosh apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the McIntosh apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your McIntosh apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about ⅓ of their length. This will assist the tree in compensating the reduction in the roots trimmed to fit the pot. Trim off any intersecting, damaged, dead, or diseased looking periodically. This should be done in the summer and late winter seasons.

Fertilizing (in ground): An annual fertilizing with a balanced 10-10-10 formula will be sufficient for your McIntosh apple. If your soil is naturally fertile then do not feed (fertilize) the tree until it has reached two years old. Be sure to only apply the fertilizer in the warmer seasons. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer to ensure you don’t burn the roots or overdo it.

Fertilizing (potted): While the potted McIntosh apple tree is still young, feed it a ½ strength, balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks while in the growing season. When the tree gets a bit older you can start using fruit fertilizers. Reduce the feedings for your apple tree in the late fall season and avid fertilizing at all in the winter season.

Pollination chart for McIntosh Apple:  Crab apple trees are “universal pollinators” for apple trees but the other specific apple trees listed below will work as a cross pollinator for your tree. McIntosh is a self pollinating apple tree but will do much better with another nearby or with one of these cross pollinators. 

Arkansas Black Apple Tree
Fuji Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Gala Apple Tree
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree
Pink Lady® Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Red Delicious Apple Tree
Winesap Apple Tree
Yellow Delicious Apple Tree
Mutsu (Crispin) Apple Tree

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Searched on line. Liked the info about Apple trees.
Patrick S on Jan 11, 2018
Need another apple tree
Mark M on Dec 26, 2017
Searched on line. Liked the info about Apple trees.
Patrick S on Jan 11, 2018
I like different items and also saw that they were more for the southern US that a lot of them are
john K on Jan 1, 2018
Need another apple tree
Mark M on Dec 26, 2017
Great eating apple and for blending into hard apple cider.
Michael H on Oct 23, 2017
Best tasting of all the apples. Sweet and tart.
John B on Oct 16, 2017
Hope to have shade and fruit in a small space and zone 5
Dawn L on Oct 7, 2017
To cross pollinate with granny
Kimberly J on Oct 2, 2017
Favorite cooking apple
heidib on Sep 29, 2017
These are my favorite apples and should grow in my zone
janice r on Sep 25, 2017
Replacement tree.
George T on Sep 18, 2017
I picked both the McIntosh Apple and Honey crisp Apple for their most cold hardiness for Zone 7.
Reba H on Aug 8, 2017
My husbands favorite apples. Also great for cooking makes the best applesauce. So sweet and juicey love to snack on them with some peanut butter.
Cynthia M on Jul 2, 2017
Great pollinators with all other varieties of Apple trees
Sgt. Geno C on Jul 1, 2017
My favorite apple.
Jen Z on Jun 17, 2017
Does well in New York
Kristina C on Jun 13, 2017
Ordered before, Great service and FAST Shipping with great care instructions
Randy T on Jun 5, 2017
I am wanting to improve my trees on my property. I have too many mesquites and I am getting them removed and putting in some trees to benefit my family and my friends and improve the property itself.
Bradley S on Jun 4, 2017
I chose it as a pollinator for our honeycrisp trees and because they are a great apple for apple pies!
Ann H on May 30, 2017
This is a replacement for the tree I bought last fall and did not come back this spring. I hope it will grow this time.
Mauricio M on May 23, 2017
Price and just trying something different. I do like wine sap but there too much money.
Nicholas G on May 22, 2017
pollinate red delicious
rod t on May 19, 2017
Starting an orchard.
Dorian J on May 18, 2017
Can handle -20 degrees
(Timothy and g on May 16, 2017
Want to grow organic apples
Dwayne K on May 15, 2017
Wife likes and will sell the rest
mark k on May 13, 2017
Great Apple for Multipurpose.
Jose P on May 13, 2017
Simple, informative, great product!
Tiffany T on May 12, 2017
Baking and I used to pick these as a kid.
Todd B on May 9, 2017
Heavy producer, very good drought tolerance, Zone 4; self-fertile but also pollinates many other apple trees, including the Honey Crisp I also purchased.
Teresa S on Apr 30, 2017
A delicious and versatile apple my family will enjoy.
Kevin N on Apr 26, 2017
Edwin F on Apr 26, 2017
This tree will be planted in sandy soil on 40 acres of deer hunting land. The fruit will be for human and deer consumption.
Mike S on Apr 21, 2017
one kid wanted red apples and the other wanted of both worlds
aimee s on Apr 15, 2017
Darrell R on Apr 13, 2017
Love the apples
Denise B on Apr 2, 2017
my favorite apple
Mark L on Mar 29, 2017
Like this apple
Kevin C on Mar 24, 2017
partner wanted this tree because hard to find this apple
Rebecca C on Mar 9, 2017
Good for baking.
Gary C on Mar 7, 2017
The apple my wife likes it is hard to find and when we do they are very expensive.
Robert W on Feb 27, 2017
I have an old McIntosh tree now, and want to replace it .
Jake K on Nov 26, 2016
wanting the fruit and the flowering tree!
Rodd M on Oct 7, 2016
this was the one I wanted to make applesauce!
Rochelle C on Oct 2, 2016
We love apples and especially the McIntosh for pies and other baked goods. I also am a believer in organic gardening and will treat this tree organically.
Darla B on Sep 22, 2016
Cross pollinate with Honeycrisp; Great baking apple
Dave S on Sep 6, 2016
They produce heavily and grow well in my region.
Sharon M on Sep 6, 2016
looks good!
Hamid N on Sep 4, 2016
cross pollenation
John P on Sep 1, 2016
Looking forward to baking with the apple
Judith M on Aug 27, 2016
Need a pollinator for the Honeycrisp I ordered and this seems to have great qualities as well. Drough tolerant and apple cider.
Jennifer B on Aug 7, 2016
I like different items and also saw that they were more for the southern US that a lot of them are
john K on Jan 1, 2018
Great eating apple and for blending into hard apple cider.
Michael H on Oct 23, 2017
do they need cross pollinating and if so with what?
franny on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the McIntosh does require a pollinator. The most common pollinators are: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Yellow Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Pink Lady and Granny Smith.
when is the best time of year to plant in zone 6?
luann on Jul 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I do not know. I sent the tree to my father in Michigan for Father's Day and he planted it then, June, and it has done well.
How tall and wide does this tree grow?
Katie K on Jun 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree grows to about 15 to 20 ft tall, and 10 to 12 feet wide.
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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