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Apple, Red Jonathan Malus x domestica

Apple, Red Jonathan - Malus x domestica
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A late-ripening red apple is fine for fresh eating, freezing and cooking. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. (Pollinate with Red or Yellow Delicious or Early Harvest) (zones 4-8)

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Zones 4 - 8 Zones 4 - 8
Hardiness Zones 4 - 8
The Red Jonathan Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Fruit Tree Fruit Tree
Type of tree
Fruit Trees
10' - 25' High 10' - 25' High
Mature Height
The Red Jonathan Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.
10' - 25' Spread 10' - 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Red Jonathan Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This apple does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Red Jonathan Apple grows in moist, well drained soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This apple has oval, spreading or horizontal, upright or erect shape.
Attributes

Our standard Red Jonathan seedlings are budded onto whole root stock; our semi-dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling-Merton lll; and our dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling 7A, Malling 26.

Chill hours (CU) requirement: 700-800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.

In order to ensure pollination, these trees need a compatible cultivar growing within 100 feet for standard size, 50 feet for semi-dwarf, and 20 feet for dwarf trees.

Description

A late-ripening red apple is fine for fresh eating, freezing and cooking. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. (Pollinate with Red or Yellow Delicious, Early Harvest or a variety from a different apple family) (zones4-8)

Wildlife Value

Apples are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals. The leaves and branches are browsed. The trees can be destroyed by rodents and rabbits girdling the stem or trunk. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early to late spring.

Height Variations

The standard grows to 20' - 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12' - 15', and dwarf grows to 10' in height.

Spread Variations

Standard spread grows to 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'-15', and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.

Moisture

This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.

Leaves

A red Jonathan's leaves are smaller than other apple varieties. The grayish-green, coarse leaves alternate on the twig and have an irregular toothed margin.

Flower Color

White to light pink

Bloom Time

mid-season

Fruit Description

Medium sized fruit, bright red in sunny climates, stripped red in cooler climates. With crisp, juicy white flesh with a bold, tart but well-balanced flavor. Jonathans are good for fresh eating, cooking, and baking. They freeze well, and have a long storage life of 3-6 months, if refrigerated. Harvested in mid-September to mid-October. Standard Red Jonathan will begin to bear in 6-10 years, the semi-dwarf in 4-6 and the dwarf in 3-4.