McIntosh apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

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

Mature height*
1-year McIntosh apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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How to grow

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.

McIntosh characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

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


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


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit color: Crimson