Apple 'McIntosh'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: McIntosh
Additional cultivar information:(aka McIntosh Red, Red McIntosh)
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Late season flowering


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Bearing Habit:

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Disease Resistance:

Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

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Other details:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Traverse City, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 5, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've never understood why the macs I buy in the grocery store are such horrible apples, and why so many people swear by them, till I read this:

"There are many strains of McIntosh, some striped, some blushed, some solid red. Recent strains have been selected for traits other than flavor, and the variety has gotten a bad reputation."

So there are many different clones passing by the same name. The one I find in the grocery store are flavorless and lose all texture on cooking.


On Dec 22, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Although Traverse City is known for it's cherries, and is growing in poularity for it's vinards, our apple production is quite massive too. McIntosh is considered the essential center piece for pies and cider.


On Dec 13, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also known as McIntosh Red.

The most important commercial variety grown in the north for years, McIntosh is also a fine apple long grown and admired in many regions of the south. It was discovered in 1811 as a young seedling tree in Dundas County, Ontario, Canada by John McIntosh, an American who had recently emigrated to the area from New York state. By 1835, he was selling grafted trees which quickly became local favorites, producing apples sought after for their great flavor, dependability, and keeping qualities. The original tree at the McIntosh homestead finally blew down and died in 1910. Fruit is medium-sized, roundish to slightly flattened with smooth, thin, whitish-yellow skin mostly covered with a deep red blush. The firm, crisp, white flesh is juicy, very aromatic... read more