This is a twig for grafting. Fall. Thought to be a seedling of Fameuse or perhaps St. Lawrence. Dundela, Ontario, 1811. First discovered by John McIntosh on his farm near the St. Lawrence River. Originally called Granny’s Apple, then McIntosh Red, sometimes Gem, and finally McIntosh or simply Mac.
Beginning in about 1930, the most important apple in the Northeast until Honeycrisp appeared. Although not planted in many other locations, it grows to perfection in our cool climate. There are many strains of McIntosh, some selected for traits other than flavor, and the variety has gotten a bad reputation. Despite the criticism, this is a delicious aromatic apple. The strain we offer has green ground color overlaid with red stripes and blush. Excellent for sauce but turns to soup in a pie.
Annual cropper. Large beautifully rounded spreading strong easily managed tree. Beware, however: it’s extremely susceptible to scab. It also doesn’t keep well in ordinary storage. Blooms midseason. Z4.
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The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 19, 2021, for shipment around March 15.
We sell scions (scionwood) in two ways. Each single 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees, and comes with a small paper ID label. Scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet) will usually graft about 6 or 8 trees from one foot of scionwood. You can graft right away or store it for later use. Stored properly, it will keep quite well for several weeks.
Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.