Semi-dwarf on M-111 rootstock.
Chill hours: 900
Harvest: August 15 - August 30
Looks: Round, bright to dark red over green, superb quality in cool climates. The apple's white flesh is sometimes tinged with red.
Personality: Crisp, aromatic, subacid, sweet. McIntosh is a wonderful apple for dessert, cider, and cooking. The flesh and skin have a signature perfume.
Facts of note: Early harvest and a favorite apple in New England. This apple was discovered in 1765 by John McIntosh in Dundas County, Ontario, Canada. The tree is vigorous and is known for setting heavy crops. It grows best at altitudes above 1,000 feet above sea level, at lower and warmer elevations the apple can become mealy soon after ripening. McIntosh is a good pollinator for other varieties.
Pollination: Partly self-fruitful, or pollenized by Red Delicious or Gala
Apples are generally late blooming. Need full sun, well-drained soil, and moderate fertility. Thin fruit to maximize quality and size. Susceptible to codling moth, apple scab, powdery mildew, and gophers. Generally cross-fertile, which means that the variety is not pollinated by itself, but by a different variety of the same fruit. Three or more varieties are best. Harvest 3rd year.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Almond, Mulberry, Walnut, Persimmon, and Jujube -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.