Red Mcintosh

By the beginning of the 20th century, the McIntosh Apple was the #1 variety planted in Canada and throughout the upper Midwest and East Coast in the United States. What has become the classic snap of the tart skin and the sweet aromatic smooth flavor of the white flesh, has carried the popularity of the McIntosh apple for over 130 years. McIntosh Apple trees produces heavy crops of small to medium-sized apples that ripen and are ready for harvest around mid-September. McIntosh Apple crops will often persist into early winter, as this tree is hardy and can easily withstand colder temperatures.
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USDA ZONES: 4-9 Outdoors
 
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Red Mcintosh is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Malus domestica 'Red McIntosh'

The McIntosh Apple was a chance seedling discovered by John McIntosh in the early 1800’s, while clearing his property in Fall St Lawrence and Alexander, Canada. By the beginning of the 20th century, the McIntosh Apple was the #1 variety planted in Canada and throughout the upper Midwest and East Coast in the United States. What has become the classic snap of the tart skin and the sweet aromatic smooth flavor of the white flesh, has carried the popularity of the McIntosh apple for over 130 years. Widely adapted to many climate zones from high chill to low chill, the McIntosh apple still proves to be only gaining popularity after all these years. McIntosh Apple trees produces heavy crops of small to medium-sized apples that ripen and are ready for harvest around mid-September. McIntosh Apple crops will often persist into early winter, as this tree is hardy and can easily withstand colder temperatures. Recent studies conducted at UC Irvine in Southern California have confirmed the Mac's ability to set with even the lowest of chill. Partly self-fruitful, biggest crops are with a pollinating partner. The Red Delicious, Gala, and the Fuji to name a few. Popular in baking and fresh eating, this is the one for Candied or Carmel Apples.
Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Ripens:
August - September
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 6.5
Tree Size:
Grows to 15 to 18 feet if left unpruned. Can be held to below 10ft. with summer pruning.
Years to Bear:
2
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to -10° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
500 - 800
Size & Spacing

Grows to 15 to 18 feet if left unpruned. Can be held to below 10ft. with summer pruning.

8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning

Planting & Care
Apples tolerate a wide range of soil types, but like all fruit trees grow best in well-drained, loamy soil. Provide full sun favoring the morning sun with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Apple favor higher humidity's and moderate summer temperatures, in hot dry climates protect the tree from sunburn by providing protection from the late afternoon sun. Either by providing shade or with whitewashing the trunk. Water at least twice a week for the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not wet. Mulch the tree to 3 to 4 inches deep and and 3 to 4 feet outside the canopy of the tree. To keep root cool and cut down on soil evaporation. Apples benefit from pruning to maintain size and structure. Keep trees at less than 10 feet to allow for easy care and harvest. Check with your local ag extension to find the apple care recommendations for your area.
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