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McIntosh Apple Tree green leaf on white
McIntosh Apple potted tree on white
McIntosh Apple Tree red apples on tree
McIntosh Apple Tree red fruits
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McIntosh Apple Tree white flowers on white
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 12-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 12'15' apart

 

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  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

 

McIntosh Apple

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Malus domestica 'McIntosh'

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Why the McIntosh Apple?

No, we’re not talking about the computer, although the Apple Macintosh was in fact named after the McIntosh apple. This glossy red apple has a juicy, bright white flesh that offers up the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. It also has grape-like undertones, which you may not have realized if you’ve only ever had supermarket apples. You’ll be pleased to discover how much more flavorful fresh-picked, tree-ripened McIntosh apples are over those you buy at the store. This variety is ideal for fresh, healthy snacking, and it also cooks up into a delicious applesauce, pie, strudel, cobbler, or crumble as well.

The story of the McIntosh Apple Tree goes way back to the early 1800s. A young man by the name of John McIntosh, born in New York State to Scottish immigrants, had fled to Ontario to be with the girl he loved, despite his parents’ disapproval. When he got there, John was crushed to learn that his true love had died. He stayed in Canada and later found love again. One day, he found some Apple Tree seedlings growing on his farm, and he transplanted several of them, although only one lived through the winter. In 1835, a traveling handyman happened to stop by the McIntosh farm and taught John and his son Allan how to clone trees by grafting them, and that’s how that one surviving tree—the original McIntosh Apple Tree—was first shared with the world.

How to use in the landscape?

The McIntosh Apple Tree is most at home where fall days are cold and crisp. It performs best in New England, where it has been a favorite fruit for generations, and in Canada, where it is the national apple and is known simply as the “Mac.” The McIntosh Apple Tree is often used in breeding work to add cold-hardiness to a tree’s list of attributes.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-7

    Mature Height: 12-15' tall

    Mature Width: 12-15' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 12-15' apart

How To Plant

Canada’s national Apple Tree is naturally very tough when it comes to frigid winter weather, and it will not only perform better in cold climates than in warmer zones, but its fruits will taste better, too. The McIntosh Apple Tree isn’t invincible, however; it is very susceptible to a disease called apple scab, and it is somewhat susceptible to fire blight. Both of these damaging diseases can be controlled with a spray program. Or you can try an organic approach, which might give you a smaller harvest but will expose you and your family to fewer toxins—which is probably why you want to grow your own in the first place. Please don’t hesitate to consult with our growers at grower@bowerandbranch.com to develop the plan that’s right for you. You will also need to have another variety of Apple Tree or Crabapple nearby to pollinate your McIntosh and ensure good fruit set.

Q: How big will the McIntosh Apple be when mature?

A: We grow McIntosh Apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15' in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home.

Q: Do I need another variety of Apple Tree to get fruit on my McIntosh Apple?

A: Yes - you do need another variety of Apple Tree in order to get fruit on the McIntosh Apple. There are quite a few varieties that will get the job done for you - Yellow Transparent, Zestar, Cortland and Macoun are just a few of the possibilities!

 

How To Water

Water deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established. It is essential to water your apple tree 2-3 times a week, applying the water slowly to go deeper to the root system.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7

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How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).

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Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

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3-YEAR-TREE GUARANTEE:

Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).


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