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Jonagold apple trees

RHS AGM for Jonagold
  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing | Cider 

Jonagold is a widely-grown American apple variety with an excellent rich aromatic flavor which appeals to both North American and European tastes - in fact it is as popular in Europe as the USA.

Jonagold stores well, a quality it inherits from one of its parents, Golden Delicious. However it gets its excellent flavor from its other parent, the very well-respected old New York apple variety Jonathan. It has the combination of good sweetness and good sharpness that often denotes a high quality apple.

Jonagold is a very versatile apple. As well as being excellent for eating fresh, it is a popular for all kinds of culinary uses, and good for juice and cider. The apples can be picked over several weeks - pick earlier if you want to store them.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Jonagold apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Jonagold

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Low-chill requirement
    A borderline case - only needs about 700 hours
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Jonagold

Jonagold is in flowering group 4. Jonagold is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Jonagold) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Jonagold. If you need further advice on this just get in touch.

How to grow Jonagold apple trees

The main horticultural issue is that Jonagold is a triploid apple variety and therefore needs two separate pollination partners nearby (or one self-fertile one). If you have apple trees nearby or in neighboring gardens, they may be suitable. Golden Delicious is a reliable pollinator of many varieties but Jonagold is an exception and cannot be pollinated by Golden Delicious. Like most triploid apple varieties, Jonagold produces a fairly large tree and the apples are also fairly large. Cropping is generally good and there is no need to thin the fruit.

Jonagold is susceptible to a number of apple diseases, but its vigorous triploid nature seems to help it keep going.

Jonagold likes a warmer climate but can be grown across quite a wide climate range.



Historical details

Jonagold is a cross between two classic American apple varieties, Golden Delicious and Jonathan. Developed by the famous Geneva research station in New York State in 1943.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Jonagold'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for the south-eastern states



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