(Malus X Domestica)
This fruit may be a little less persistent at ripening than its counterpart the early harvest, but the red Jonathan is still packed with a succulent taste—tart and well-balanced. It’s a great apple for fresh eating, freezing and cooking. The red Jonathan ripens mid-September to mid-October.
Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding one to your yard.
- This tree grows well in moist, well-drained soil and is not drought tolerant (hardiness zones 4-8).
- Medium growing tree, growing 1-2 feet a year and reaching 20-25 feet at maturity. Check out our Fruit Tree Spacing Guide
- Needs a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sun every day.
- Blooms white/pink flowers midseason.
- Available in standard, semi-dwarf, and dwarf sizes. Standard size bears fruit 6-10 years.
- Will need a second tree to cross-pollinate to produce apples. Can be pollinated with yellow delicious, red delicious, early harvest, or a variety from a different apple family.
- Bonus tip: These apples will keep for 3-6 months if stored in the refrigerator.
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