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Jonathan Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)


A self-fertile dessert apple, very popular in the Midwest. Also known as New Spitzenburg, Philip Rick, Ulster Seedling.

A naturally small tree, Jonathan is roundish or spreading in form and somewhat droopy. It is self-fertile but, as ever, better crops will be had in the presence of a pollenizer. Jonathan is susceptible to all major apple diseases, but only moderately, and it is not considered a remarkably difficult tree to cultivate. It is considered to be resistant to brown rot. Jonathan should be thinned carefully to avoid biennialism.

The apple is medium sized, round, and red flushed over a greenish yellow background. There is usually a small amount of russeting around the stem. The flesh is firm, snappy, and juicy, and the flavor is refreshing, full, and balanced. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen describes Jonathan as "the essence of the American apple ... spicy, uncomplicated, sweet-tart." This is a lovely tree to plant for children.

It is widely agreed that Jonathan is a seedling of Esopus Spitzenberg. It first grew on the farm of Philip Rick in Ulster County, NY in the 1790s, but it was not until a Mr. Jonathan Hasbrouck introduced the apple to his friend Judge Jesse Buel in 1826 that the tree received any real attention. Judge Buel happened to be president of the Albany Horticultural Society, and he both named the apple after his friend and began disseminating scion wood. Jonathan has been widely used in breeding programs; its illustrious offspring include Idared, Melrose, Jonagold, Jonafree, Jonamac, and Akane.

Volume Pricing

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Quantity Jonathan Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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A naturally small tree, Jonathan is roundish or spreading in form and somewhat droopy. It is self-fertile but, as ever, better crops will be had in the presence of a pollenizer. Jonathan is susceptible to all major apple diseases, but only moderately, and it is not considered a remarkably difficult tree to cultivate. It is considered to be resistant to brown rot. Jonathan should be thinned carefully to avoid biennialism.

The apple is medium sized, round, and red flushed over a greenish yellow background. There is usually a small amount of russeting around the stem. The flesh is firm, snappy, and juicy, and the flavor is refreshing, full, and balanced. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen describes Jonathan as "the essence of the American apple ... spicy, uncomplicated, sweet-tart." This is a lovely tree to plant for children.

It is widely agreed that Jonathan is a seedling of Esopus Spitzenberg. It first grew on the farm of Philip Rick in Ulster County, NY in the 1790s, but it was not until a Mr. Jonathan Hasbrouck introduced the apple to his friend Judge Jesse Buel in 1826 that the tree received any real attention. Judge Buel happened to be president of the Albany Horticultural Society, and he both named the apple after his friend and began disseminating scion wood. Jonathan has been widely used in breeding programs; its illustrious offspring include Idared, Melrose, Jonagold, Jonafree, Jonamac, and Akane.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage:
Origin: New York
Introduced in: 1862
Introduced by: Judge Jesse Buel

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Alternaria Leaf Blotch: Resistant
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Fireblight: Very Susceptible
Perennial Canker: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Very Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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Virginia Crab Apple 2023 0
St. Edmund's Russet Apple 2023 0
Rubinette Apple 2023 0
Pink Lady® Cripps Pink CV. Apple 2023 0
Porter's Perfection Apple 2023 0
Florina Apple 2023 0

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