Apple, Red Jonathan Malus x domestica
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 4 - 8The Red Jonathan Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeFruit Trees
Mature HeightThe Red Jonathan Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Red Jonathan Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.
SunThis apple does well in full sun.
SoilThe Red Jonathan Apple grows in moist, well drained soils.
ShapeThis apple has oval, spreading or horizontal, upright or erect shape.
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.
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)
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.
The standard grows to 20' - 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12' - 15', and dwarf grows to 10' in height.
Standard spread grows to 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'-15', and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
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.
White to light pink
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.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.