Red Jonathan Apple Tree

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One of Our Most Popular - Red Jonathan Apple Tree!

  • Mid-Sized Bright Red Apples!
  • Juicy White Flesh
  • Balanced Zingy & Sweet Flavor!
  • Light Pink Buds Open to White Flowers
  • Fragrant - Pollinators Adore the Blooms
  • Smaller Sized Tree
  • Delicious, Prolific Harvest
  • Mid-Season September-October Harvest
  • Ornamental Features
  • Self Fertile in Warmer Climates - Otherwise Requires a Pollinator
  • Antique Variety!
  • Long Storage Life
  • Fresh Eating, Freezing, Cooking & Pie Apples
  • 700-800 Chill Hours

Jonathan Apple (Malus 'Red Jonathan') is a deciduous fruit tree producing one of the most sought-after heritage apples! Also known as the Red Jonathan, you can plant several of these space-saving beauties in a side yard for your own garden-sized orchard of healthy fruit today!

Sometime during the 18th century, the Jonathan quickly became one of the most popular American apples to grow. This was both for its adaptability and flavor, not to mention its popularity for years in apple hybridization.

Jonathan is a parent of many popular apple varieties that you may have heard of! Apples such as Jonagold, Jonamac, Idared, Melrose and Akane, just to name a few.

Jonathan Apple Tree produces medium-sized, beautiful, bright red apples that are juicy and sweet with a slight zing to the flavor. They're tasty eat fresh right off the tree and great for pies, cider and other culinary delights. The apples even store well so you can easily enjoy them long after they're picked.

The Jonathan fruit ripens in mid-season, depending on where you are located, often between mid-September to October. Planting Jonathan with early or late-ripening varieties can extend your harvest.

Imagine picking an apple right from your own tree, still hot from the sun's rays and exposed only to the fertilizers or sprays that you chose to provide it with. There's simply no healthier or fresher way to provide delicious fruit for your kitchen table.

How to Use Red Jonathan Apple Tree In The Landscape

One of the many great things about apple trees is that they're not only easy to grow and produce delicious fruit, but they're also quite decorative... and Jonathan is no exception. Each year, as the apples grow, you'll love the ornaments hanging from a tree.

Nothing can quite compare with the sight of an apple tree in your own backyard, laden with round, red apples amid the vibrant green foliage. It's a uniquely beautiful sight!

Oval and sometimes spreading shape, try your hand at pruning these to any size you need, or even turn your tree into a conversation piece with Espalier pruning and training!

Picnic beneath the spring blooms and watch the pollinators swarm, or line your property with this beautiful ornamental tree for lush privacy.

Great size for small yards, front yard and edible landscaping, or as a beautiful specimen tree!

Home orchards, large and small, these trees fit perfectly into any setting and look great for the entire growing season!

Shade your gardens, patios and seating areas with this modestly proportioned tree, or be sure to place it outside a window so you can view the blooms and watch your harvests progress!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Apple trees require full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for best fruiting and yield. Look for full sun locations that favor the early morning sun. This is the drying sun and helps to cut down on moisture-related diseases. Hardy in USDA growing zones 4-9, these are widely adaptable.

Plant in a location with good drainage and average fertility. Apples will tolerate wet soil as long as it drains fast.

Good air circulation is important so keep trees canopy open with pruning to improve airflow within the canopy will also help avoid diseases.

Prune to control the overall height of the tree. It is recommended to keep all fruit trees below 10 feet tall for ease of maintenance and harvest. Summer pruning is the best way to control height and spread.

The Jonathan Apple Tree is a vigorous tree and suitable for almost all of the climate zones in the United States. Jonathan is self-fruitful in milder climates like California. However, it would benefit from pollination from varieties such as Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Dolgo, Empire, or McIntosh in all climates.

An investment in a Jonathan Apple Tree today is a way to cultivate beauty, health and a delicious harvest for years to come. Order Red Jonathan Apple Tree today here at NatureHills.com!

Red Jonathan Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when it gets dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep it stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Red Jonathan Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Red Jonathan Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Red Jonathan is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:

Harvest Times for Red Jonathan Apple Trees

Red Jonathan's are typically ready to harvest in September.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Red Jonathan Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Red Jonathan Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Red Jonathan'
Type Deciduous
Rootstock M7
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes