Johnathan Apple Tree: The Apple of your Eye
Think of an apple thatís plump, juicy and alive with bold, red color. An apple so pleasing both to the eye and the palate, it wouldnít last the day on your teacherís desk. The image in your mind is likely a Jonathan apple. Nothing says classic American like apple pie. And the most classic apple to bake them with is the Jonathan. With its textbook apple shape and crisp, sweet flavor, Jonathan apples are a favorite of apple lovers everywhere.
A Productive Tree Ripe with Color
Apples aside, there are plenty of good reasons to include a Jonathan Apple Tree in your landscape, especially the colors. In the spring, pale pink flowers will bloom in abundance, complimenting the deep green foliage throughout the tree. Summer ends and ushers in a productive harvest of bright red apples that hang beautifully among the thick green leaves. Later in the fall, after the flowers and apples are gone, your tree will turn on a magnificent show of color changes ranging from orange to red and yellow.
What to do with all those Apples?
The perfect blend of sweet, sharp and tart flavors has made Jonathans one of the most widely sold apples in the country. And itís no wonder home gardeners love them. Excellent eaten fresh off your tree or baked in pies, they make wonderful cider and brilliant candy apples. Jonathan apples also store longer than most varieties because they maintain their flavor even after being frozen.
All this and Relative Ease to Maintain
Prune your Jonathan Apple Tree just once between February and April. Give it full sun and well-drained soil and it will reward you with a productive and delicious harvest year after year.