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McIntosh Apple tree

Owner: David

Location:  Shelley, ID, United States

Age:Planted in about 2005
Age of this tree:21 years
Climate at this location:Arid Summer Cold Winter Zone 5a
Pruning:Open Center
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Birds, Coddling Moth

Owner's comments

Vigorous growing tree, wants to grow straight up but I keep it in check through pruning and using spacers. I'm trying to train it to grow wide and low, no more than 8 feet so I can prune/thin/harvest without a ladder. I've determined that some apples can be eaten when they are almost ripe and are still pretty tasty, not these. It seems like the last few weeks makes a world of difference for Macs in both taste and texture and once they are completely ripe the flavor is hard to beat.