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McIntosh apple tree

McIntosh
McIntosh is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.

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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 - as well as its maroon skin color and its gleaming white juicy flesh.

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.

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History

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

The "Mac" has been widely used in apple breeding programs and has numerous descendants, all of which seem to inherit the characteristic maroon skin color and sweet flesh.

McIntosh characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Cooking resultTextured puree
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorCrimson

Similar varieties

  • See also Cortland
    Cortland
    Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples.
  • See also Enterprise
    Enterprise
    Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.
  • See also Macoun
    Macoun
    Macoun is one of the best McIntosh-style apples, with the characteristic flowery vinous flavor.
  • Northland Crab
    Northland Crab is a cold-hardy crab apple, ideal for crab-apple jelly.