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McIntosh Apple tree

Owner: Steven

Location:  Turney, MO, United States

Age:Planted in about 2009
Age of this tree:16 years
Rootstock:Bought from Walmart as a Golden Delicious. First apples were red. I guessed it was a Mcintosh.
Soil:6 inches of soil over clay. 
Climate at this location:Temperate. Freezes from November through March. Four full seasons. temp 100 F to -5 F.
Pruning:Prune every year to spread tree and allow a central leader
Tree form:Bush (wider at top than bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree does not grow well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Japanese Beetles (Horrible the last two years.)

Owner's comments

Tree barely grew for years when finally it took off. I think it's roots were able to get through the clay to the water table which is close to the surface in limestone rock under the clay.

Season records for this tree

  • 2020

    Spring blossom: 26 April
    Size: 3.0m / 10.0ft high