McIntosh apple trees

McIntosh apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

McIntosh (or Macintosh) is one of the great North American apples. Discovered in the early 19th century it rapidly became an important home and commercial apple variety in Canada and the north-eastern USA.

McIntosh is notable for its distinctive vinous flavor - reminiscent of sweet grapes - its maroon skin color, and its gleaming white juicy flesh.

The "Mac" has numerous descendants, all of which seem to inherit the characteristic maroon color and sweet flesh.

McIntosh apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of McIntosh


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?

Pollination guide for McIntosh

McIntosh is in flowering group 2. McIntosh is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow McIntosh apple trees

McIntosh is ideally suited for the climates of Ontario and Quebec and the north-eastern states of the USA. It is a reliable cropper and not troubled by cold winters.

Historical details

Discovered in the early 19th century by John McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario, Canada. It is thought to be descended from Fameuse, the "snow apple" of Quebec.

McIntosh has been widely used in breeding programs, and the characteristic deep crimson / maroon skin color is invariably passed on to its offspring.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'McIntosh'