Macoun apple trees

Macoun
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • 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

Item
Mature height
Price
Quantity
1-year Macoun apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Macoun apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Macoun apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


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

Using

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

Growing

  • 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

Problems

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

Climate

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

Identification

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