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Known as Gem apples before 1835, McIntoshes are among the world's oldest cultivated varieties. Some sources indicate that John McIntosh, a Scottish Highlander who emigrated to North America, may have grown them in Dundas County, Ontario as early as 1811. It was at around this time that he found a quarter-acre of land on his newly purchased farm with small apple trees growing in a garden area. Since it was so long ago that these apples first appeared, and since McIntosh himself wasn't really sure of the origin of the trees, no one is really certain of the true parentage of the McIntosh. Some believe it is a descendant of the very old Fameuse, a similar-looking variety. The Boyer McIntosh is a sport discovered in our orchards in 1958. The Boyer Mac has the best qualities of the original with more intense coloring.
Skin is intense red, with almost a touch of purple over a green base with touches of gold; taste is bold, sweet-sour, and somewhat acidic; texture is soft, with very aromatic flesh.
Diploid - Requires
another variety to pollinate
Late Season, October (South Central PA)
EMLA 26, Dwarf, Mature
EMLA 7A, Semi-Dwarf, Mature Height 12-15ft.
EMLA 111, Semi-Dwarf, MAture Height 18-22ft.
EMLA 9, Dwarf, Mature Height 8-10ft.
BUD 9, Dwarf, Mature Height 8-10ft.
The tree growth is dense and drooping.
McIntosh is an all around great apple for sauces, pies, cider, eating...just about anything.