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An old American dessert apple. Red flushed, crisp, juicy and sweet but with plenty of refreshing acidity.

Origin: USA, 1826

Pollination: Jonathan is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Jonathan apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Jonathan tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Jonathan tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Jonathan tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Jonathan tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Jonathan tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Jonathan

Jonathan apple arose on the farm of Philip Rick, Woodstock, Ulster County, New York, USA. Believed to be an Esopus Spitzenburg seedling. Described 1826. Judge Buel, President of Albany Horticultural Society, named it after Jonathan Hasbrouck, the man who first drew his attention to the tree. Exhibited in England in 1864 at the RHS by the famous nurseryman Thomas Rivers. Widely grown in the USA and the warmer apple-producing regions of the world.

A medium sized apple. Oblong to round-conical shape, ribbed and slightly five-crowned. Half to three-quarters flushed bright crimson with scattered broken red stripes on pale yellow. White flesh, slightly green tinged. Crisp, juicy and sweet with plenty of refreshing acidity. A dual purpose apple, good for pies and sauces. A weeping tree of moderate vigour. Good cropper. Prone to mildew.

Characteristics of Jonathan apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Jan
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceMildew - Very susceptible
Canker - Susceptible
Scab - Susceptible
Pollination date10
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageEsopus Spitzenburg
Karmijn de Sonnaville
Prins Bernhard