Jonagold apple tree
Malus domestica 'Jonagold'
- Picking season: Late
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 4
- Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
Jonagold is a high quality American apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.
Jonagold apple trees for sale
1Small 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Medium 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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Jonagold is a widely-grown American apple variety with an excellent rich aromatic flavor. It is widely grown in the USA and Europe.
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 well-respected old New York apple variety Jonathan. It has a 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.
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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
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.
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group4
- Pollinating othersPoor
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- UsesEating freshCulinaryJuiceHard cider
- Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
- Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
- General resistancePoor
- FireblightSome susceptibility
- CankerSome susceptibility
- ScabSome susceptibility
- Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Chill requirementLow-chill - A borderline case - only needs about 700 hours
- Country of originUnited States
- Period of origin1900 - 1949
- Fruit colorOrange flush
- AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993