- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Mature Height: 12-15' tall
- Mature Width: 12-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 12'15' apart
Why plant 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 McIntosh Apple 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.
Hardiness Zone: 4-7
How To Plant McIntosh Apple
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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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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).