Jonathan Apple

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Jonathan Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Jonathan’

Description & Overview

Jonathan Apples are usually small to medium in size and can be slightly striped in skin color or have a red color with yellow background. The flesh is slightly tart and great to eat fresh or use for cooking. The fruit ripens in late September/early October in S.E. WI. Due to its rating for zone 5 and warmer, it is not sufficiently cold hardy for central or northern Wisconsin.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 10′-12′
Mature Spread: 10′
Growth Rate: Slow
Growth Form: Tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Well-drained site
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Early-mid May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: Small/medium fruits; red with yellow background; slightly striped

Suggested Uses:

We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. Excellent for cooking and fresh eating. Exceptional pie apple. The smaller fruit size makes it very well suited for children.

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Wildlife Value:

Apple trees are relished by deer, numerous small mammals, and insects.

Maintenance Tips:

Annual pruning during the dormant season (late winter/early spring) is suggested in order to obtain a more open tree canopy that allows for increased light penetration and better air flow. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.


Like all apples, following a spray program or growing the fruit in bags (paper, cloth, plastic) is suggested in order to obtain a quality fruit crop. This variety has low vigor and is slower growing than many apple varieties. This trait is an asset to the home grower as Jonathan trees seldom get very large in size even if planted on a vigorous rootstock. Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

Leaf Lore:

Jonathan is an heirloom variety that originated in New York in the early 19th century. It was a very popular variety in many apple growing regions of the U.S. until the 1960’s. It still has a “cult following” in some areas to this day (Missouri, southern Illinois).

Companion Plants:

Jonathan Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

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