Jonathan cordon tree


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Jonathan cordon tree
This American variety has a very handsome deep mahogany red skin finish and a fine, sweet flavour. It needs to be left to mature as long as possible on the tree; harvest i  November for use through January.

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Cordon Apple trees are a good choice for restricted areas and a fence or wall. They can be grown at a 45degree angle, or upright. The rootstock we use for our cordon is M9 which is the best stock for cordon trees. Plant 60-80cm’s apart.

Jonathan is one of the most famous varieties in America where it was first known in the early 1800’s but wasn’t known in England for some 40 years and has never become as well known here. In the USA it is widely valued as a dual purpose variety, considered equally good for baking and pies as well as dessert.

Jonathan cordon Apple tree – Season:

Needs a long ripening season to show at it’s best. Harvest in late October/early November and use from store until February.

Jonathan - appearance:

A very highly coloured and attractive apple of medium size, the yellow ground colour usually obliterated by a covering of dark maroon red, the skin has a dusky bloom.

Jonathan apple treesflavour:

On a good year, soft and sweet with a slight vinous quality yet with an underlying sprightliness.


In the UK usually considered only for dessert but can certainly be cooked with.

Cropping & Growth

Medium growth, older trees develop characteristic drooping branches. Cropping usually good.

Jonathan - Pollination: ‘B’ pollination group, use varieties with the same or adjacent groups to pollinate successfully - here are some suggestions




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