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A Stark Bro's Exclusive!

Perfect for pie! Compact-growing tree yields a bright red fruit with that classic Jonathan sweet-tart taste. Make flavorful pies, adds complexity to cider, and is a top choice for old-fashioned candied apples. Ripens in mid September. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Related Assortments

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We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I chose this as one of the recommended pollinating trees for my Honeycrisp trees.
JOHNNY B on Jul 11, 2016
Chosen because this variety was the perfect fit for our yard.
Has been planted for only several days now and there is evidence of growth! Appears very healthy.
Marta R on Jun 10, 2016
I chose this as one of the recommended pollinating trees for my Honeycrisp trees.
JOHNNY B on Jul 11, 2016
My 100 year old father has 22 varieties of apples in his orchard. JonARed jonathan apple is his favorite eating apple of them all. He also declares them to be the most beautiful. I Therefore, had to a couple of trees of my own!
HERBERT D on Jun 19, 2016
Chosen because this variety was the perfect fit for our yard.
Has been planted for only several days now and there is evidence of growth! Appears very healthy.
Marta R on Jun 10, 2016
Great Eating Apple and highly productive
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
Kids favorite
Lisa R on Jun 2, 2016
Just to add to my collection good for pies.
Steven R on May 31, 2016
They're delicious!
Derrik W on May 18, 2016
We use Jonathan's to make apple butter in a copper kettle every fall
Junia G on May 17, 2016
I have a friend that has this tree and it is healthy and a great producer
Robert P on May 16, 2016
I like Jonathan apples for pies!
Mary L on May 16, 2016
Adding variety to fruits...have Lodi, Cortland, Tart Cherry, Sweet Cherry, Stark-spur Ultra-Mac, Red Haven Peach, Blackberry, and Strawberry plants
Dale M on May 15, 2016
Flavor and ease of picking of dwarf. We first grew these 29 years ago and have moved.
Pamela D on May 14, 2016
I like the snappy sweet flavor.
SIMONE L on May 14, 2016
A good apple for cross pollinating. Good as it's own tree too.
Geoffry H on May 11, 2016
We had a Jonathan tree at home growing up, so decided to add to my collection.
Robert R on May 10, 2016
Self pollinating. Sweet tart flavor especially good for baking.
Mary M on May 5, 2016
This is an apple that I can pick off the tree and taste great!
Renee B on Apr 30, 2016
My all time favorite apple because it brightens the wonderful taste in my mouth when eating it fresh or prepared in other mouth watering ways (fried, baked, etc.).
Annette F on Apr 29, 2016
I needed a pollinator for Honeycrisp and Mutsu. I wasn' t getting any cross pollination.
Mary Ruth S on Apr 23, 2016
Needed a pollinator for honeycrisp and my grandmother swore by Jonathan apples for her award winning apple pies.
Tammy Y on Apr 13, 2016
My wife likes this apple
Randy M on Apr 11, 2016
I am 59 years old and grew up with a Jonathan apple tree in the back yard, so I learned to love a "full bodied" apple. I can't wait to bite into one off the tree. Acquired tastes, such as dark roast coffee, craft beer, and Jonathan apples are the most appreciated. Also, there can't be a better pie than one made with Jonathan's with either home made or store bought ice cream. Okay and applesauce all winter long with plenty of cinnamon and sugar. This tree will be busy.
Dan T on Apr 1, 2016
Love the Jonathon, want to try this and know we won't be disappointed!!
Love Stark apples, tres always healthy, good people to buy from!!
DAVID M on Mar 23, 2016
Very solid, and great Apple for juice
Gary L on Mar 16, 2016
Self pollinator; zone hardy
Edith S on Mar 15, 2016
Recommended for our area and self polinating
Carol K on Mar 12, 2016
Best pollinator & good all round apple
Wendy C on Mar 4, 2016
Pollinator for Winesap, and dwarf, which will work well for espalier in a raised bed.
Brooke S on Feb 26, 2016
We needed self-pollinating and it seemed to be a general all purpose apple.
JIM H on Feb 21, 2016
Good pollinator for my Red Delicious I have
Carl A on Feb 20, 2016
My 100 year old father has 22 varieties of apples in his orchard. JonARed jonathan apple is his favorite eating apple of them all. He also declares them to be the most beautiful. I Therefore, had to a couple of trees of my own!
HERBERT D on Jun 19, 2016
Great Eating Apple and highly productive
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
Jona Red and Jona Gold-will they increase pollination planted together?
Pamela D on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Jon-a-Red is a self-pollinating apple tree, which means it can pollinate itself and other apple trees. Jonagold is pollen-sterile apple tree, which means it can be pollinated by other apple trees, but it cannot be used as a reliable pollen source for other apple trees. Because Jon-a-Red is self pollinating, it doesn't require another variety to get fruit, so it is a good "partner" for a tree like Jonagold.
Is Jonathan apple tree susceptible to fire blight?
Beth M on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, yes. Once established in an orchard it is very difficult to control. Copper-based fungicides can help when applied at the right time. Consult your local extension service for recommendations.
Can you plant an apple tree where a maple tree was removed?
Patsy W on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think you should be able to do this as long as you plant the new tree a few feet away from the old tree. (You never want to plant a new tree directly over the roots of an old tree.) And I wouldn't recommend this if the old tree was a walnut tree. (The walnut tree actually uses "toxins" to out-compete other surrounding plants/trees. Not a problem with a maple.
Will this Jon-a-red help pollinate a Pink Lady apple tree?
ty p on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will cross-pollinate one another.
How long does this variety store for after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 2 to 3 months in proper storage.

Customer Reviews

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Stark JonARed Jonathan Apple
Our family favorite for many years. And, my kids all want to plant the Stark Jonared. just a great pick and eat apple with juicy and tart, but a bit more sweet that the old fashioned Jonathan.
March 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
The Best Apple
Years ago I planted a stark bros jonared apple tree and after a few seasons it started to produce the best darn apples ever, after moving I wanted another for our new house. Although it has only been in two seasons it already is producing cant wait for those apples again, store bought ones just don't compare. Thanks Start Bros...
June 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
i bought a jon a red 36 yrs ago moved it by treespade 32 yrs ago.
still going strong with one bad borer invasion it survived. Family considers it the best apple of all.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great product
I would recommend this product. It came to us packaged well. The trees were nice sized, pruned and had good root structure. They have been growing very well this spring with great vigor! Very healthy growth. There were blossoms this spring. We are hoping to have apples this year.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So far so good, I am using espalier training for the apples and pears. Orleans antique coming on strongest followed by gold rush, jonared, then enterprise. They all have same growing conditions.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Stark JonARed Apple.
As you know it is too early on the tree production but the tree we received took hold and started growing vigorously. We have had no problems, young tree we received was healthy and we are looking forward to the delicious Jonathan apples it produces. Thank you for your prompt courteous service.

Bob & Maxine Jones
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing well after two years, but still no blossoms
The tree seems healthy after two springs and since I have protected it from nibbling deer with a chicken wire protection, it has leafed out nicely this spring. The Honey Crisp I bought at the same time blossomed this spring, but since I bought the JonARed to cross-pollinate it, I'm not sure if it will bear fruit. All in all, they both seem healthy and seem to be establishing a good root system. Patience.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
JonARed Jonathan Apple
The tree is doing great. No apples this year but it is the first year
August 7, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
did not survive the winter.
I have been patiently waiting to see if the tree would give flowers or leaves, but the tree did not survive the winter.
June 2, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Really zero stars....but required at least one to submit review.
The Jonathan apple tree that I purchased died within 10 months of purchasing and planting it. I followed Stark Bros.' recommendations; however, it died quickly. Not very satisfied with the product.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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