Jonagold apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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.

Jonagold apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Jonagold apple trees bare-root
G.41 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
Out of stock
1-year (Jonagold Red) Jonagold apple trees bare-root
M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

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.

Jonagold characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: No discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Poor
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Chill requirement: Low-chill


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit