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Jonagold Apple

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Unique flavor makes the fruit luscious enough to serve by itself as dessert. This crisp super apple is a cross between the tart Jonathan and the sweet Golden Delicious. The result is a tasty treat for all! Originates from Geneva, New York in 1953. Ripens in mid September. Best pollinators: Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or any Golden Delicious. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.


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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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'

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We have one in our orchard and is my favorite apple. It makes the best applesauce with a hint if red. No Sugar needed EVER!
Jeannie M on Apr 26, 2018
One of my five all time favorite apples! Tart sweet, crisp, good dessert apple and great for baking, good keeper.
Nancy W on Dec 25, 2017
We have one in our orchard and is my favorite apple. It makes the best applesauce with a hint if red. No Sugar needed EVER!
Jeannie M on Apr 26, 2018
The taste, the crunch. Store bought apples just don't compare!
DEBORAH L on Jan 10, 2018
One of my five all time favorite apples! Tart sweet, crisp, good dessert apple and great for baking, good keeper.
Nancy W on Dec 25, 2017
I have never tasted a bad jonagold apple. And they are absolutely delicious - my husband's favorite variety of apple.
Sandra S on Apr 21, 2017
I have a Six-in-One apple tree and the Jonagold is my favorite branch. I want an entire tree of them! Delicious fresh and cooked.
Stacee P on Apr 14, 2017
Favorite apple for tart sweet flavor. Makes excellent Apple sauce and apple butter. I buy 3 bushel each year from local orchard and wanted to have my own.
REGAN K on Mar 29, 2017
Best tasting apple, especially home grown.
Terry C on Mar 24, 2017
wanted apple for cider, cooking. September ripening
Patricia J on Mar 19, 2017
Excellent variety for our needs. Put on a lot of growth in both years and we had a crop the second season.
ROBERT S on Mar 13, 2017
one of the best eating of the newer apples, great flavor!
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
Best eating apple there is
Fred D G on Aug 26, 2016
This is one of our preferred eating apples.
Andrew H on Jun 10, 2016
This is one of my favorite fresh eating apples.
KATHLEEN D on Jun 5, 2016
Great eating and salad apple
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
My daughter's very favorite variety of apple.
Valarie S on May 24, 2016
Husband said he wanted it to grow close to the other and they are good to bake with { I don't bake } so whatever he wants he is baking them not me
Deborah D on May 23, 2016
We feel that it is the best tasting apple, fresh or baked.
John S on May 17, 2016
It's the finest eating apple I've ever encountered
LAIRD T on May 15, 2016
Love the flavor
Richard M on May 14, 2016
It is my son's favorite apple.
Connie B on May 6, 2016
This is my favorite apple -- I use it to make homemade spiced apple sauce and it's wonderful!
Rhonda G on Apr 30, 2016
Love the taste and decided I wanted a tree of my own.
Morris H on Apr 6, 2016
Bought some at the home town orchard, was very good.
KATHY S on Mar 22, 2016
My old Jonagold is reaching the end of its productive life. The old tree produced the best flavored and some of the largest apples I have ever eaten. The tree is susceptible to fire blight; so, special care is needed if dead leaves are observed. I sold ~$500 dollars worth of apples off of the old tree.
HAROLD K on Mar 3, 2016
Already have one and love it
Nancy L on Feb 17, 2016
The taste, the crunch. Store bought apples just don't compare!
DEBORAH L on Jan 10, 2018
I have never tasted a bad jonagold apple. And they are absolutely delicious - my husband's favorite variety of apple.
Sandra S on Apr 21, 2017
when to plant jonagold apple trees?
beverly g on Nov 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
My husband and I recently discovered the Jonagold apples at a local orchard. We are wanting to plant several apple trees on our property for future use. Can you tell me if this apple is a good freezing/canning apple in addition to eating? Or is it mostly an eating apple? This will determine the number of trees we order of this particular type versus another. Also, how many years does it take of growth before it starts producing fruit? (given we have a pollinating tree around it.) Also, does the type of pollinating tree affect the taste (more sweet vs. more tart)? Thanks!
Abby30 on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Jonagold is a good baking apple and makes very good applesauce. I am not sure about freezing but I would imagine it would be fine. The websight orange ppipin has information about the Jonagold apple.
Can these be grown in large containers?
Joni H on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Joni,try a dwarf variety in container.It will need a lot of TLC,would do better in the ground ground-just my thoughts -wayne
I think my three year old JonaGold has fire blight near the blossoms. What should I do?
Stephanie G on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Prune off the dead/diseased parts and dispose of them (not on a compost pile). Then spray it with this exactly according to the directions on the jar. It's effectively an antibiotic for fruit trees: //
Will Jonagold apples pollinate with Gala?
Cyn R on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Jonagolds are pollen-sterile and are not in the same flowering group as Gala.
If I buy two or three jonagold trees, will I still need to purchase another pollinator tree of some sort?
Gary S on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Jonagold apple is a triploid apple: It is pollen sterile and can not pollinate other trees. You need to pair Jonagold with a compatible pollinator. For Jonagold we recommend Stark?? Jon-A-Red?? Jonathan or any Golden Delicious.

Customer Reviews

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Jonagold Apple
We planted a Jonagold Semi-Dwarf apple tree in 2014. It has overwintered well for two winters in Northern Wisconsin and is about to be in full bloom. There are many blossoms and we are looking forward to tasting some homegrown apples.
The quality of the bare root stock was excellent and we would highly recommend Stark Bros. nursery products to anyone.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Jonagold a winner
Growing for two years, first year rather slowly but this year finally seemed well established. No fruit yet though many recommend for eating out of hand, baking and cider. Can't wait.
September 14, 2016
over 3 years ago
Was doing great, then...
As always with stock from Stark Brothers, the Jonagold tree was doing great, then the deer destroyed it. I hate deer. I will be opening my land to hunting this season.
August 19, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great Trees
I purchased 2 Jonagold Apple trees last year and they came in perfect condition. I planted them last fall, and they have already begun to leaf out this spring. Jonagold is one of my favorite apples from a local orchard so I am very excited to see how they turn out.
April 4, 2016
Great tree
We were highly suspicious when the little broomstick (aka tree) showed up, but it has grown and it now one of our best trees. We have high hopes of having apples this year. Best purchase we've made in awhile. :-)
May 8, 2016
over 5 years ago
Neither of the trees I purchased made it through the winter, and it was a mild winter here. I won't be purchasing any more.
June 5, 2016
over 3 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear about your trees. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
June 7, 2016
Brenda H Staff
We are very pleased with the Jonagold we received and planted last year. After pruning this year we have (3) established branches and much to our surprise a few blossoms on the leader! This is a vigorous healthy tree of the highest quality!
May 23, 2017
over 3 years ago
So far so good
After a year of growth, the tree is growing fast and healthy. Very happy with my purchase!
May 29, 2017
over 2 years ago
Jonagold Apple
Nice stock. Took off quickly and doing very well. Very pleased so far
August 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Jonagold Apple
Wonderful packaging and shipping. Tree came in moist packaging and ready for planting. Planted as so as possible and at the end of fall it grew 8" in height. Will buy more trees from Starks.
May 16, 2017
over 2 years ago