Apple - Jonathan

Jonathan Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

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Jonathan Apple Trees for sale - order online

We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.


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.



Main characteristics of Jonathan

Use Dual Cul & Des
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Mildew: Very susceptible
Canker: Susceptible
Scab: Susceptible

Pollination date  10
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  Esopus Spitzenburg (?)
Progeny  IdaredJonagoldJumboKarmijn de Sonnaville (?)KentMelrosePrins BernhardSaturn