This cold hardy, glossy, red-skinned classic was discovered in Ontario, Canada, and has become a fresh eating, cider making, multipurpose favorite. In spring, 'McIntosh' produces white to light lavender flowers that develop over the season into abundant, medium-sized fruit that ripenins late-September. The flesh of the fruit is bright white, tart, crisp, and juicy. For best fruiting, this tree requires a cross-pollinator such as 'Jonathan', 'Granny Smith', and white flowering crabapples. It will bear fruit within 2-5 years. Plant in well-drained, nutrient-rich, amended soil. Water well after planting; maintain 1? of water once a week the first year. Prune in late winter to control size and form, or after flowering. Remove dead or damaged stems at any time. Feed at least twice during the growing season, using a slow-release fertilizer in early spring and again in mid summer, according to package instructions. Mulch 2? to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and protect against extremes of soil temperature. A regular spraying schedule to reduce insects and disease is recommended.