Apple 'Jonathan'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Jonathan
Additional cultivar information:(aka King Philip, Philip Rick, Ulster Seedling)
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Early season flowering

Mid season flowering


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Disease Resistance:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Peyton, Colorado

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Valley Lee, Maryland

Traverse City, Michigan

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Cibolo, Texas

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 30, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also known as: King Philip, Philip Rick, Ulster Seedling.

Jonathan is one of this countrys most important commercial apples grown extensively in the northern regions of the nation, particularly Michigan, Ohio, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The apple originated as a seedling of the famous Esopus Spitzenburg on the farm of Philip Rick of Woodstock, New York in 1826. The medium-sized fruit has thin, tough yellow skin almost completely covered with dark red. Ripens September to October and is a very fine keeper if properly grown.


On Jan 17, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my favorite apples for fresh eating. It is also a quite satisfactory cooking apple. It is a fall apple ripening at about first frost. It is not an exceptional keeper and is a softer apple than the winesaps. Grows as far south as north Georgia, but really shines in Virginia.


On Aug 31, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Prefers full sun; soil should be moist. This is a dwarf variety, I believe.