Macoun Apple Tree
Macoun Apple Leaf
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Macoun Apple Tree
Macoun Apple Leaf
Macoun Apple Additional Product Shot 1248

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Macoun Apple
Malus domestica 'Macoun'
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For generations of New Englanders, October has meant Macoun apple season and a trip to the local you-pick orchard to load up on this special seasonal treat. The Macoun apple—which rhymes with “down,” as in, “I can’t put this Macoun down!”—makes other varieties pale by comparison. A perfectly ripe Macoun is deep purple-red with a crisp, juicy, bright white flesh that delivers the perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. True apple lovers may also pick up subtle notes of berry, grape, and spice. This apple is not a good keeper, so you really must eat it fresh. We ask you: does it get any fresher than right off your own tree?

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›
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The Story

The Macoun Apple Tree was born and bred in Geneva, New York at the State Agricultural Experiment Station back in 1909. Researchers crossed the beloved McIntosh Apple, which gave much of its flavor to Macoun, with an heirloom variety called Jersey Black, which lent its rich color. The new Apple was named after a Canadian fruit grower, William Tyrell Macoun, and it was introduced in 1923. Because it performs especially well in New England and it doesn’t ship or store particularly well, it is known primarily as a regional Apple. Macoun was once believed to be a parent of the uber-popular Honeycrisp, but a paternity test later revealed that Macoun was not the father after all.

The Details

The Macoun is a gourmet dessert apple that is most often eaten fresh. It pairs beautifully with cheese and wine and is also satisfying all by itself. However, you can cook with Macoun as well and turn a bumper crop into tasty cider, sauce, or pie.

How to Grow

The Macoun Apple Tree was born and bred in Geneva, New York at the State Agricultural Experiment Station back in 1909. Researchers crossed the beloved McIntosh Apple, which gave much of its flavor to Macoun, with an heirloom variety called Jersey Black, which lent its rich color. The new Apple was named after a Canadian fruit grower, William Tyrell Macoun, and it was introduced in 1923. Because it performs especially well in New England and it doesn’t ship or store particularly well, it is known primarily as a regional Apple. Macoun was once believed to be a parent of the uber-popular Honeycrisp, but a paternity test later revealed that Macoun was not the father after all.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-15' Tall
Avg Mature Width 12-15' Wide
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Brown
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring - Late Season
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall - Early Season
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How big will the Macoun Apple be when mature?

A: We grow Macoun Apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15’ in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home.

Q: Do I need another Apple to pollinate a Macoun Apple?

A: Yes, you do need another variety of Apple to pollinate your Macoun. A few varieties that pair well with the Macoun are the Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith. There are others - just contact our Growers if you'd like to know more (grower@bowerandbranch.com)!

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

5-6' Tall. Grown and shipped in our #7 fruit tree container. You can expect fruiting in your very first year! Grower pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy.

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Macoun Apple Tree
Macoun Apple Leaf
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