McIntosh Apple Scionwood


McIntosh Apple Scionwood

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 tree is easy to manage. Beware, however: it’s extremely susceptible to scab. It also doesn’t keep well in ordinary storage. Blooms midseason. Z4.

871 McIntosh
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L 871 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L 871 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:

  • By the stick: One 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees.
  • By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood