Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-12 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Malus 'McIntosh'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, OR
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 McIntosh trees produce heavily!
Enjoy your McIntosh 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 McIntosh 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 McIntosh 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 McIntosh apples as soon as the first season under ideal conditions!
McIntosh Apple Tree Pollination
McIntosh Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
I bought two of these last year and even spent the money on the rocket fertilizer and the 5-6 foot version. I followed the instructions exactly and was even given "premium" service because of the order size. When I called premium service I with questions I was told to check the website not give the step by step directions or help. Unlike the promise, these did not fruit the first year nor did they flower. The leaves on the trees where not in the greatest shape when they arrived and never recovered during. I am hopeful this year will yield a different result but very disappointed given the amount I spent.
We're so sorry to hear that your apple trees haven't done well! We're going to reach out to you right away to see how we can help!
Great tree from a great company. All my trees come from FGT and they will get more business from me in 2019. Another Mac Apple will be on the list again.
McIntosh apple tree
Was very happy with my apple tree. Was very well protected in the box during shipment and was a lot larger than I thought it would be. My tree is growing very well
Great product great service!
I'm very happy with my Macintosh trees! They came promptly and they're very healthy. So far they are adjusting to their new home. Thank you for such great service and product!
Our McIntosh Apple Tree came on time and healthy. We've only had her about a month but she is really taking off.
Planting & Care
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
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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|