Jonathan is a classic 19th century American apple variety, noted for its high quality flavor. It rewards being eaten fresh between October and Christmas, but is a good keeper and a good variety for the kitchen.
Jonathan apples were exported to Victorian England and the English pomologist Robert Hogg rated it as "a very fine dessert apple".
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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.
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Jonathan is in flowering group 3. Jonathan is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.
Jonathan is often considered to be fully self-fertile, but in practice cropping is greatly improved if there is another different variety nearby to pollinate it.
The main challenge with growing Jonathan is its poor disease resistance. Don't let the extensive list of disease susceptibility put you off, in reality the situation is not quite as bad as it looks, and it is worth a bit of effort to get such excellent flavor. However it is perhaps not a good idea to rely on Jonathan as your only apple tree!
According to the Victorian pomologist Robert Hogg, it was found on the farm of Philip Rick of Kingston New York, in the early 19th century. It is thought to be related to Esopus Spitzenburg. However as with many old varieties there are many stories surrounding its origins. Visually and in terms of the quality of flavor, the relation with Spitzenburg seems likely.
Jonathan's excellent flavor and good keeping qualities have led to it being used in many breeding programs.
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