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Pollination of McIntosh apple trees

McIntosh (Malus domestica)  is in flowering group 2. McIntosh is not self-fertile and needs a pollination partner of a different variety nearby.Choose another variety

Varieties that will pollinate McIntosh in our catalog

  • Alkmene

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    Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor.
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Self-fertile
    • Picking: Mid
    • Amere de Berthencourt

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      Amere de Berthencourt is a traditional French bittersweet cider apple.
      • Flowering group: 2
      • Not self-fertile
      • Picking:
      • Anna

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        Anna is the go-to apple apple variety for growers in low-chill climates - if you are in southern California, or the southern states, Anna is a good choice.
        • Flowering group: 1
        • Partially self-fertile
        • Picking: Very early
        • Antonovka

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          Antonovka is one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties.
          • Flowering group: 3
          • Not self-fertile
          • Picking: Early
          • Blue Pearmain

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            An old-fashioned winter eating apple, with a strong sweet/sharp flavor.
            • Flowering group: 3
            • Not self-fertile
            • Picking: Late
            • Burgundy

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              A mid-season apple variety with a good flavor, and good for juicing.
              • Flowering group: 3
              • Good pollinator
              • Not self-fertile
              • Picking: Mid
              • Campfield

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                A cold-hardy late-season bittersweet cider variety.
                • Flowering group: 3
                • Not self-fertile
                • Picking: Late
                • Centennial Crab

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                  • Flowering group: 3
                  • Good pollinator
                  • Not self-fertile
                  • Picking: Mid
                  • Chestnut Crab

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                    A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple.
                    • Flowering group: 3
                    • Not self-fertile
                    • Picking: Mid
                    • Cox's Orange Pippin

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                      Cox is widely considered to have the best flavor of any dessert apple variety.
                      • Flowering group: 3
                      • Not self-fertile
                      • Picking: Mid
                      • CrimsonCrisp

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                        CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple, with a very crisp flesh. It can be picked over a long-period.
                        • Flowering group: 3
                        • Not self-fertile
                        • Picking: Mid
                        • CrimsonTopaz

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                          CrimsonTopaz is a modern scab-resistant variety from the Czech Republic, with a sweet-tart flavor.
                          • Flowering group: 3
                          • Not self-fertile
                          • Picking: Late
                          • Cripps Pink

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                            Cripps Pink is one of the best-known modern apple varieties, well-suited to the warmer apple-growing regions.
                            • Flowering group: 3
                            • Not self-fertile
                            • Picking: Very late
                            • Cripps Red

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                              Cripps Red is a late-season dessert apple from Australia, with a crisp dense flesh and a good flavor.
                              • Flowering group: 3
                              • Not self-fertile
                              • Picking: Very late
                              • Dayton

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                                Dayton is an attractive red modern disease-resistant apple with crisp flesh and a sweet/tart flavor.
                                • Flowering group: 3
                                • Not self-fertile
                                • Picking: Mid
                                • Dolgo

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                                  Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.
                                  • Flowering group: 2
                                  • Good pollinator
                                  • Self-fertile
                                  • Picking: Early
                                  • Domaine

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                                    Domaine is a traditional French bittersharp cider apple variety.
                                    • Flowering group: 2
                                    • Not self-fertile
                                    • Picking: Mid
                                    • Duchess of Oldenburg

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                                      An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness.
                                      • Flowering group: 2
                                      • Not self-fertile
                                      • Picking: Early
                                      • Egremont Russet

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                                        Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
                                        • Flowering group: 2
                                        • Partially self-fertile
                                        • Picking: Late
                                        • Elstar

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                                          Elstar is an attractive apple with a well-balanced honeyed flavor.
                                          • Flowering group: 3
                                          • Not self-fertile
                                          • Picking: Late
                                          • Erwin Bauer

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                                            A fine-flavored late-season eating apple from Germany.
                                            • Flowering group: 3
                                            • Not self-fertile
                                            • Picking: Late
                                            • Freedom

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                                              A modern disease-resistant apple variety, similar to McIntosh.
                                              • Flowering group: 3
                                              • Not self-fertile
                                              • Picking: Late
                                              • Freiherr von Berlepsch

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                                                A good quality German apple, notable for its characteristic pineapple flavor.
                                                • Flowering group: 3
                                                • Not self-fertile
                                                • Picking: Late
                                                • Freyberg

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                                                  Freyberg (or Freyburg) is an attractive golden yellow apple with a high-quality sweet refreshing flavor.
                                                  • Flowering group: 3
                                                  • Not self-fertile
                                                  • Picking: Late
                                                  • Frostbite

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                                                    An unusual small apple with a distinctive sweet flavor, and exceptional cold-hardiness.
                                                    • Flowering group: 3
                                                    • Not self-fertile
                                                    • Picking: Late
                                                    • Fuji

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                                                      Developed in Japan, but with all-American parents, Fuji is a very attractive apple with a good sweet flavor.
                                                      • Flowering group: 3
                                                      • Not self-fertile
                                                      • Picking: Very late
                                                      • Fuji (early)

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                                                        Early ripening forms of the Fuji apple variety.
                                                        • Flowering group: 3
                                                        • Not self-fertile
                                                        • Picking: Mid
                                                        • Galarina

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                                                          Galarina is best considered an improved, disease-resistant Gala (to which it is closely related).
                                                          • Flowering group: 3
                                                          • Not self-fertile
                                                          • Picking: Late
                                                          • Golden Russet

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                                                            Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.
                                                            • Flowering group: 2
                                                            • Not self-fertile
                                                            • Picking: Late
                                                            • Granny Smith

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                                                              Granny Smith is the world-famous green apple from Australia, a good choice for warmer apple-growing regions.
                                                              • Flowering group: 3
                                                              • Good pollinator
                                                              • Self-fertile
                                                              • Picking: Very late
                                                              • Grimes Golden

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                                                                A high quality apple, Grimes Golden is probably the parent of Golden Delicious, but with a richer flavor.
                                                                • Flowering group: 3
                                                                • Good pollinator
                                                                • Self-fertile
                                                                • Picking: Late
                                                                • Harrison

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                                                                  Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.
                                                                  • Flowering group: 3
                                                                  • Not self-fertile
                                                                  • Picking: Late
                                                                  • Hewe's Virginia

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                                                                    Also known as Virginia Crab, Hewe's Crab is considered one of the best varieties for cider.
                                                                    • Flowering group: 3
                                                                    • Good pollinator
                                                                    • Self-fertile
                                                                    • Picking: Late
                                                                    • Hudson's Golden Gem

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                                                                      A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.
                                                                      • Flowering group: 3
                                                                      • Not self-fertile
                                                                      • Picking: Late
                                                                      • Idared

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                                                                        A popular and versatile apple, especially good for juicing, and an exceptional keeper.
                                                                        • Flowering group: 2
                                                                        • Not self-fertile
                                                                        • Picking: Late
                                                                        • Jonathan

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                                                                          One of the best-flavored US apple varieties, a good choice for the backyard orchard.
                                                                          • Flowering group: 3
                                                                          • Partially self-fertile
                                                                          • Picking: Late
                                                                          • Kandil Sinap

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                                                                            An unusual but beautiful looking apple, with a sweet scented flavor.
                                                                            • Flowering group: 3
                                                                            • Not self-fertile
                                                                            • Picking: Late
                                                                            • Kerr

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                                                                              A cold-hardy crab-apple, primarily used for cider and cooking.
                                                                              • Flowering group: 2
                                                                              • Good pollinator
                                                                              • Partially self-fertile
                                                                              • Picking: Mid
                                                                              • Kidd's Orange Red

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                                                                                Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.
                                                                                • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                • Not self-fertile
                                                                                • Picking: Late
                                                                                • Lady

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                                                                                  A small highly flavored apple variety from France, where it is known as Api. It is thought to be very old.
                                                                                  • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                  • Not self-fertile
                                                                                  • Picking: Late
                                                                                  • Major

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                                                                                    A traditional English bittersweet hard-cider variety.
                                                                                    • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                    • Not self-fertile
                                                                                    • Picking: Mid
                                                                                    • Margil

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                                                                                      An 18th century French apple variety with an aromatic and complex flavor.
                                                                                      • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                      • Not self-fertile
                                                                                      • Picking: Late
                                                                                      • Mettais

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                                                                                        A high-quality traditional French bittersweet cider apple.
                                                                                        • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                        • Not self-fertile
                                                                                        • Picking:
                                                                                        • Muscadet de Dieppe

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                                                                                          A very old French bittersweet cider variety.
                                                                                          • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                          • Not self-fertile
                                                                                          • Picking: Mid
                                                                                          • Nehou

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                                                                                            An old French bittersweet cider variety.
                                                                                            • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                            • Good pollinator
                                                                                            • Not self-fertile
                                                                                            • Picking: Mid
                                                                                            • Newtown Pippin

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                                                                                              In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.
                                                                                              • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                              • Not self-fertile
                                                                                              • Picking: Late
                                                                                              • Novaspy

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                                                                                                An improved form of Northern Spy, and an excellent all-round apple for northern areas.
                                                                                                • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                • Picking: Late
                                                                                                • Porter's Perfection

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                                                                                                  Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.
                                                                                                  • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                  • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                  • Picking: Late
                                                                                                  • Redfield

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                                                                                                    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.
                                                                                                    • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                    • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                    • Picking: Late
                                                                                                    • Redfree

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                                                                                                      A disease-resistant and cold-hardy summer apple with a sweet flavor, also known as Co-op 13.
                                                                                                      • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                      • Good pollinator
                                                                                                      • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                      • Picking: Early
                                                                                                      • Reine des Pommes

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                                                                                                        A traditional French bittersweet hard cider apple.
                                                                                                        • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                                        • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                        • Picking: Mid
                                                                                                        • Rubinette

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                                                                                                          Considered by many to be the best-tasting apple ever, Rubinette has a perfect sweet / sharp flavour.
                                                                                                          • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                          • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                          • Picking: Late
                                                                                                          • Saint Edmund's Russet

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                                                                                                            Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.
                                                                                                            • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                            • Partially self-fertile
                                                                                                            • Picking: Mid
                                                                                                            • SnowSweet

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                                                                                                              A rich sweet-flavored red apple which grows best in the northern states.
                                                                                                              • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                              • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                              • Picking: Late
                                                                                                              • Stembridge Cluster

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                                                                                                                A traditional English bittersweet cider apple from the town of Stembridge in Somerset.
                                                                                                                • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                                                • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                • Picking: Late
                                                                                                                • SunCrisp

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                                                                                                                  A high-quality late-season eating apple with plenty of interesting flavor.
                                                                                                                  • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                                  • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                  • Picking: Late
                                                                                                                  • Sweet Coppin

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                                                                                                                    A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.
                                                                                                                    • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                                    • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                    • Picking: Very late
                                                                                                                    • Sweet Sixteen

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                                                                                                                      Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.
                                                                                                                      • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                                      • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                      • Picking: Mid
                                                                                                                      • Wickson Crab

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                                                                                                                        Wickson crab is a popular crab apple variety which is also useful in cider blends.
                                                                                                                        • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                                                        • Good pollinator
                                                                                                                        • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                        • Picking: Late
                                                                                                                        • Williams' Pride

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                                                                                                                          An early summer apple, with excellent disease-resistance and a pleasant tart flavor.
                                                                                                                          • Flowering group: 2
                                                                                                                          • Good pollinator
                                                                                                                          • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                          • Picking: Very early
                                                                                                                          • Winecrisp

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                                                                                                                            Winecrisp is a modern disease-resistant apple with a spicy flavor. Also known as Co-op 31.
                                                                                                                            • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                                            • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                            • Picking: Late
                                                                                                                            • Wolf River

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                                                                                                                              Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.
                                                                                                                              • Flowering group: 3
                                                                                                                              • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                              • Picking: Late
                                                                                                                              • Zestar!

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                                                                                                                                A crisp attractive early-season apple which stores well.
                                                                                                                                • Flowering group: 1
                                                                                                                                • Not self-fertile
                                                                                                                                • Picking: Early