Apple tree 'McIntosh'

Malus domestica 'McIntosh' | Also known as: Apple 'McIntosh' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Malus domestica you'll know as the apple tree. What you might not know is that it's actually a member of the rose family. With it's tasty edible fruit, it's a very common and popular tree grown both in the garden and for commercial purposes. The trees are small, growing no taller than 9 metres in height and they have attractive white or pink blossom as well as the fruits so it's a good multi-purpose garden tree. There are more than 7500 types of apple tree, some have fruit that can be eaten straight from the tree, others bear fruit for cooking and yet more are perfect for making cider with. Around 70 tonnes of apples are produced per year worldwide, about half of this is grown in China. It is thought that the apple tree is the earliest fruit tree to be cultivated and is mentioned in many historical texts.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3.5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 3.5 - 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Fruits & nuts
  • Fruits
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Outdoor food
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years