Jonagold is a cross between the two varieties, Jonathan and Golden
Delicious. Introduced in 1943, it is from the USA.
The Jonagold variety often
puzzles gardeners because it is hugely available in the shops but not often grown by
the amateur gardener. Its scarcity in the garden is because it is a self-sterile
triploid variety and requires two other different apple trees for pollination.
But if you live in a populated area, pollination is unlikely to be a problem. Bees are very
The popularity in the shops is due to two factors. First, Jonagold
flourishes in both warm and cooler climates. It is widely cultivated throughout the world
and then imported into areas where it can be sold. The second reason, equally good for shops
and the amateur gardener, is that Jonagold keeps extremely well. It starts cropping in
mid-November and stored apples will keep until March.
The flesh is crisp and white with a sweet, very slightly acidic flavour. The
skin is particularly attractive with a deep red colour with splashes of green and orange.
Jonagold is a reasonably strong growing apple tree with few pest and disease problem. In our
opinion it's a definite winner for the gardener new to apple trees. To buy the Jonagold
apple tree online now
from our recommended suppliers,
Sweet and very juicy, an equal to Cox's
Crisp and creamy coloured
Largest of all
November to March