The McIntosh is a popular and hardy apple cultivar. In fact, it grows best in cool areas when nights are cold which helps maintain the fruits color and firmness. It is best to spray for apple scab to limit your risk of losing an entire crop, however moderately resistant to other common diseases.
These apples are known for their consistently sweet flavor. The tree reaches heights up 15 to 20 feet in the semi-dwarf stage. It requires full sun and produces well in zones 5 through 10. It was designated the official state fruit of West Virginia on February 20, 1995.
The Fuji apple was developed in the early 1930’s by the Tohoku Research station in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan. Marketed in 1962, this variety is a cross between the Red Delicious and the old Virginia Ralls Genet. Blooming in mid-April, these trees can reach up to 12 to 14 feet high but require full sun.