Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan Apple

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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. Originates from Waverly, Missouri in 1963. Ripens in mid September. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
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
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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


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!

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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Great apple
John F on Mar 3, 2021
Love Love the crisp tart taste!! our favorite!
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
Great apple
John F on Mar 3, 2021
For pies and cross pollution
Mitchell W on Mar 1, 2021
Love Love the crisp tart taste!! our favorite!
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
Makeing cider
Wesley t on Feb 21, 2021
Compatible with Pink Lady
Paul T on Feb 17, 2021
There are delicious.
Daniel P on Feb 12, 2021
Polinator for another apple tree
Randy B on Feb 2, 2021
These are great for pies and apple sauce. They are my favorite for apple sauce! I use a handful of red hots to a large pot of these apples and thats it! Fresh or frozen, It is the only way I do apple sauce. Very yummy!!!
Diana A on Jan 16, 2021
To pollinate the Gravenstein apple tree.
Susan M on Jan 4, 2021
Wonderful choice for baking, and it is a great pollinator!
Ellika F on Jan 3, 2021
FRANK F on Dec 29, 2020
Pollinator for Arkansas Black Apple tree ... also very tasty!
Dianne H on Dec 22, 2020
Adam picked it for cross pollination
Adam F on Aug 22, 2020
Tree Guards come in threes and my original order was an even number and I was eventually going to get some apple trees once I had the 100' foot Maple cut down and chipped, but my plans changed based on availability.
David N on Aug 5, 2020
I had a tree that needed a cross pollinator and this was recommended for this tree. Also, you have a very good guarantee on your trees.
JAMES L on Aug 3, 2020
Thot it would be a nice apple to try
MARY L on Jul 9, 2020
Because I love the Jonathan Apple for pies and I am hoping this tree will not be as prone to disease.
Gwen H on Jul 8, 2020
Your website recommended it as a pollinator for my Honey Crisp apple tree I already have.
William A on Jul 8, 2020
It is a dwarf tree and self pollinating. I am elderly and unable to maintain a full size tree. Also, my orchard space is limited.
Amy M on Jun 24, 2020
We are planting this tree in memory of our newborn son whose name was Jonathan. Its a dwarf, self-pollinating apple tree that will be the perfect fit in our memorial garden.
Moira B on Jun 15, 2020
I have had 2 of these apple trees in the past and they are wonderful apples. That is why I am reordering now.
Wanda H on Apr 26, 2020
I got this one for cross pollination with the Winesap.
G L on Apr 5, 2020
As a pollinator for the Arkansas Black apple
Randy S on Jan 6, 2020
Needed to pollinate our other apples. It didn't ship with our original order because it went out of stock between ordering and shipping.
Matthew H on Dec 29, 2019
Best pollinator
Gary H on Dec 6, 2019
We bought this apple as the pollinator for our Arkansas black apple trees. What a surprise that it was delicious in its own right! It makes the most amazing applesauce and even more amazing apple butter! The apple butter made from the Jonared apple makes a true gift to friends and family this Christmas!
JULIE K on Dec 6, 2019
Tart, sweet, dwarf, self pollinator, what's not to like?
Karen D on Jun 21, 2018
Love this Apple for baking!
Rosemaey W on May 23, 2018
Have grown JonARed Apple before. Have had very good success with it. Good flavor and prolific.
Connie B on Mar 18, 2018
I want to make pies and my Grandmother says they are the best for this.
Becky B on Jan 24, 2018
For applesauce and cider and we like the crisp tart taste for just eating. It self pollinates and pollinates the Winesap.
CHARLES M on Oct 26, 2017
Can???t make a good pie with out a Jonathan
Elizabeth O on Oct 12, 2017
nothing beats a Jonathan so I wanted to make sure Stark's quality would bring this favorite to my table and customers
mike d on Oct 4, 2017
This tree was recommended as a pollinator for the Honeycrisp Apple I was ordering. I like Jonathan apples so I thought it would be a good addition to my home orchard in its own right, also.
Donna C on May 8, 2017
We use a lot of apples for cooking, Apple Butter and such, and the Stark JonARed Jonathan Apple serves our purpose very well.
BOBBY J on Apr 30, 2017
As a recommended pollinator to Honey Crisp Apple trees.
ROBERT B on Apr 15, 2017
My husband wanted this tree for his birthday!
Kristy V on Apr 13, 2017
Have had this apple for years. Best for applesauce and pies. Very productive.
Terry C on Mar 24, 2017
wanted apple for cider, cooking, September ripening
Patricia J on Mar 19, 2017
To go with Winesap
Allison D on Mar 12, 2017
hopefully apples this year. Jonathan was always one of my favorite
fresh eating apples
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
I saw in review that this apple was good for apple sauce mixed with Golden Delicious.
KATY M on Mar 6, 2017
Early ripening and description
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
We had this type before and it was a good producer
Gary R on Feb 20, 2017
Self pollinator and we only wanted to plant one tree.
TAMMY S on Feb 14, 2017
Good apple plus a cross pollinator for the Honeycrisp.
Dale S on Nov 10, 2016
pollinator and good for pie and fresh eating
charles s on Oct 30, 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
For pies and cross pollution
Mitchell W on Mar 1, 2021
Makeing cider
Wesley t on Feb 21, 2021
It is recommended to blend apples to make cider. Does any one have favorite blends of apples they use to make cider? What are they and in what amounts or % are they used in the blend?
BRADLEY S on Nov 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For cider, I have for many used used apples from a Double Red MacIntosh and pears from a Stark pear tree in various blends, ranging from 95:5 to 60:40. i make both sweet cider and hard cider in these combinations, with great success.
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.
How does the disease resistance of this variety compare to Jonafree?
Jim C on Nov 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you're looking for disease-resistance in your Jonathan apple tree, Jonafree is the one to get. Regular Jonathans like this Jon-A-Red may be more susceptible to diseases like cedar apple rust.
My apple tree will be planted in a spot where it will be hit by the sprinklers when I water the lawn. Will that water damage the tree for fruit?
Mark R on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would be vigilant about spreading any diseases and/or water damage. Aggressive sprinklers can splash up various contaminants from the ground, & prolonged water "blasting" may eventually damage/ bark split the tree if it is unable to dry, & be careful not to pressure wash off your blossoms! Gentle "lawn" sprinklers would be better if you must water it this way vrs a large jet of water from a high powered rotor impact sprinkler.
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.
Just planted new tree as directed. Within 2 weeks leaves are yellow and brown.. Looks like it is about to die. Any idea what is going on or should I not worry because the roots are good? Other two tree have green leaves and look good.
Kevin N on Sep 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you try a scratch test: // it is probably lacking moisture or nutrients this is also a common sign of stress due to temperature fluctuation and transit time.
If that test determines the tree is no longer living and in need of replacement, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. They'd be happy to help.
Why do my apples fall prematurely, there only the size of a marble??
Fred W on Jul 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes, early fruit drop in apple trees is just Mother Nature???s way of reducing a heavy fruit set. This isn???t necessarily bad at all; in fact, it is recommended that you thin apples to one per cluster, six weeks after full bloom so that each apple is 4-6 inches (10 to 15 cm.) from the next. Thinning in this manner prevents limb breakage from an overly heavy fruit set and allows the tree to produce the largest, healthiest fruit. If the June drop is especially alarming, in the future, try pruning to allow more light into the tree. Also, a lack of nitrogen might be at fault, so apply a general fertilizer but be careful not to over feed since too much nitrogen can also result in apple trees dropping fruit. Lack of water can also cause premature fruit fall of apples, so be sure to maintain a watering schedule and mulch to retain moisture and regulate soil temps.
What size is this tree to start?
John B on Apr 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
When do you expect to have dwarf Jon A Red trees back in stock?
Gloria N on Feb 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

which trees are good for making apple sauce?
WILLIAM J on May 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you like it swee: Yellow Transparent, Cortland, Mutsu, Fuji or Golden Delicious. Tart-sweet: Gravenstein, Jonamac, McIntosh. Tart-tangy: Braeburn, Liberty, Ida Red, Red Rome Beauty.
Will the Jon a red pollinate a granny smith apple tree?
Patty B on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have a similar bloom time.
Would the Jon-A-Red be a good pollinator for a Belle de Boskoop?
Christine B on Dec 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Belle de Boskoop is a triploid, meaning it needs two pollinators that are different varieties, or one self-pollinating partner. JonARed is indeed self-pollinating and will work nicely with your Belle tree.
Can winesaps and jonathan apple trees pollinate each other?
Diane H on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not ... WInesap blooms much later than any of the Jonathan strains.
will a jonared pollinate a winesap ?
Steve on Mar 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They are in the same flowering group and have a similar bloom time.
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.
Will golden delicious apple dwarf work with Jonathan semissions dwarf apple tree?
Marilyn I on Apr 23, 2020
Mine is on it's way need to know size of hole I will need for my Jonared?
Sherry on Mar 12, 2020

Customer Reviews

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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
over 6 years ago
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
over 5 years 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
over 6 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
over 6 years 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
over 5 years 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
over 6 years ago
Good tree
Very nice, strong tree I planted last spring and it did well during the dry summer. Survived well over there the cold winter and is doing well this year. 5/5 would recommend
May 13, 2017
over 4 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
over 6 years 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
over 6 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
over 6 years ago