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Macoun Apple on G.41 (Spring 2022)


The Northeast cult favorite, a child of McIntosh.

A hardy and vigorous but small tree, Macoun will need aggressive thinning to maintain fruit quality and annual bearing. It is resistant to cedar-apple rust, susceptible to fireblight, and very susceptible to scab and canker. Best fruit quality is attained in the Northeast.

This heirloom apple is the same shape and size as McIntosh, but with a more striped and deeper red coloring; the skin is a dark purplish red blushed over a green background. The flesh is greenish white and crisp yet melting. This is an aromatic, high-quality eating apple. Sweet-tart with a hints of spice and flowers, Macoun is a cult favorite in the Northeast, but the fruit drops readily, bruises easily, and stores poorly. As Jacobsen puts it in Apples of Uncommon Character, "Because you can't take it with you–Macoun neither ships nor stores–it functions like a seasonal madeleine in the memory of many a New Englander."

Macoun is a cross of McIntosh and Jersey Black that was developed by New York Agricultural Experimental Station in Geneva, NY in 1909 and first released to the public in 1923. It was named after William Macoun, the famous Canadian fruit breeder and Dominion horticulturalist at the Central Experimental Farm near Ottawa, Canada. This man was largely responsible for the success of McIntosh.

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A hardy and vigorous but small tree, Macoun will need aggressive thinning to maintain fruit quality and annual bearing. It is resistant to cedar-apple rust, susceptible to fireblight, and very susceptible to scab and canker. Best fruit quality is attained in the Northeast.

This heirloom apple is the same shape and size as McIntosh, but with a more striped and deeper red coloring; the skin is a dark purplish red blushed over a green background. The flesh is greenish white and crisp yet melting. This is an aromatic, high-quality eating apple. Sweet-tart with a hints of spice and flowers, Macoun is a cult favorite in the Northeast, but the fruit drops readily, bruises easily, and stores poorly. As Jacobsen puts it in Apples of Uncommon Character, "Because you can't take it with you–Macoun neither ships nor stores–it functions like a seasonal madeleine in the memory of many a New Englander."

Macoun is a cross of McIntosh and Jersey Black that was developed by New York Agricultural Experimental Station in Geneva, NY in 1909 and first released to the public in 1923. It was named after William Macoun, the famous Canadian fruit breeder and Dominion horticulturalist at the Central Experimental Farm near Ottawa, Canada. This man was largely responsible for the success of McIntosh.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: McIntosh x Jersey Black
Origin: Geneva, NY
Introduced in: 1923
Introduced by: Richard Wellington, NYSAES

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 7
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Oct 06 (approximate, in New York State) + 21 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.41 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (30% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 8'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Susceptible
Apple Scab: Very Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Perennial Canker: Very Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (30% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Macoun Apple on G.41. 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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