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McIntosh Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)


The classic New England and Canadian heirloom dessert apple.

McIntosh is a medium-large spreading tree. It is cold hardy and a heavy cropper but it does tend to biennialism if not thinned. It is highly susceptible to scab, somewhat susceptible to fireblight, and resistant to cedar-apple rust. While this tree can be grown in warmer climates, the best fruit quality is attained in zones 4 and 5.

Perhaps the most iconic apple of the modern era, McIntosh is a round, slightly flattened, mid-sized fruit. The skin shows a splash of cherry red over bright green and the flesh is bright, bright white. This apple is known mainly for its distinctive flavor: perfumed, subacid, spicy, and vinous (like wine). It has many progeny–Macoun, Spartan, Empire, and Cortland to name a few–and they all share the amazing Mac flavor.

McIntosh was first discovered in the early 1800s as a seedling by an Ontario farmer, John Mcintosh. John so loved his foundling tree that he tried to propagate it from seed several times, to no avail. Fortunately, in 1835, an itinerant worker taught John how to graft, and he set about selling the tree in his nursery. (A good account of the McIntosh family history and the early days of the apple can be found in Manhart, Apples for the 21st Century.) McIntosh's moderate popularity was significantly boosted by the development of sprays that took the apple from its natural state (covered in cracked black scabs) to a commercially viable apple. This was also the apple that stepped into the void that had been created by the killing winter of 1934-1935, which destroyed many of the Baldwin orchards in the Northeast. In Canada, it was the eminent pomologist, William Macoun who promoted the apple, finding it ideally suited to that climate. Today, of course, we all know McIntosh not just as an apple, but also for its eponymous association with Apple Computers' line of products.

NB: McIntosh is the standard by which we measure the ripening date of all other apple varieties at Cummins Nursery. Our ripening time, in upstate NY, is mid-September.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

Quantity McIntosh Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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McIntosh is a medium-large spreading tree. It is cold hardy and a heavy cropper but it does tend to biennialism if not thinned. It is highly susceptible to scab, somewhat susceptible to fireblight, and resistant to cedar-apple rust. While this tree can be grown in warmer climates, the best fruit quality is attained in zones 4 and 5.

Perhaps the most iconic apple of the modern era, McIntosh is a round, slightly flattened, mid-sized fruit. The skin shows a splash of cherry red over bright green and the flesh is bright, bright white. This apple is known mainly for its distinctive flavor: perfumed, subacid, spicy, and vinous (like wine). It has many progeny–Macoun, Spartan, Empire, and Cortland to name a few–and they all share the amazing Mac flavor.

McIntosh was first discovered in the early 1800s as a seedling by an Ontario farmer, John Mcintosh. John so loved his foundling tree that he tried to propagate it from seed several times, to no avail. Fortunately, in 1835, an itinerant worker taught John how to graft, and he set about selling the tree in his nursery. (A good account of the McIntosh family history and the early days of the apple can be found in Manhart, Apples for the 21st Century.) McIntosh's moderate popularity was significantly boosted by the development of sprays that took the apple from its natural state (covered in cracked black scabs) to a commercially viable apple. This was also the apple that stepped into the void that had been created by the killing winter of 1934-1935, which destroyed many of the Baldwin orchards in the Northeast. In Canada, it was the eminent pomologist, William Macoun who promoted the apple, finding it ideally suited to that climate. Today, of course, we all know McIntosh not just as an apple, but also for its eponymous association with Apple Computers' line of products.

NB: McIntosh is the standard by which we measure the ripening date of all other apple varieties at Cummins Nursery. Our ripening time, in upstate NY, is mid-September.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, baking, sauce
Cider classification: sweet
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Ontario, Canada
Introduced in: early 1800s
Introduced by: John McIntosh

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 6
Chill hours: 900
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) +0 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Alternaria Leaf Blotch: Resistant
Apple Scab: Very Susceptible
Black Rot or Blossom End Rot or Frogeye Leaf Spot: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Fireblight: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of McIntosh Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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Virginia Crab Apple 2024 0
Florina Apple 2024 0
Liberty Apple 2024 0
Porter's Perfection Apple 2024 0
Enterprise Apple 2024 0
Spitzenburg Esopus Apple 2024 0
St. Edmund's Russet Apple 2024 0
Elstar Apple 2024 0
Rubinette Apple 2024 0
GoldRush Apple 2024 0
Mother Apple 2024 0

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