Macoun apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Macoun is a McIntosh-style apple, widely grown in New England and with arguably the best flavor of its siblings. It is a sweet refreshing apple with a pronounced flower-like vinous flavor. The flesh has a soft crisp texture and plenty of juice.

Although it ripens late, Macoun is not a keeper - this is an apple that is definitely at its best when picked and eaten straight from the tree.

Macoun apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Macoun apple trees bare-root
G.41 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Macoun apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Macoun inherits most of the characteristics of the McIntosh family. It is happiest in the cooler zones of the north-east, and benefits from cool autumn nights to bring out the color and flavor.

As with most McIntosh offspring, Macoun is prone to over-cropping. To improve fruit size and quality it is usually necessary to thin the fruitlets in early June - one visitor to our website suggested thinning should be "merciless". This will also help to prevent the biennial bearing to which Macoun can be prone.

Macoun produces a vigorous tree that is fairly easy to grow. It is somewhat susceptible to scab but resistant to cedar apple rust and fireblight.

Historical details

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva - 1920s.

Macoun characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Vinous
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Crimson