Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Zestar!® Apple trees

  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Zestar! is an attractive early-season apple, which can usually be picked in late August / early September. Unlike many early varieties it is a notably crisp apple and can be stored for at least a month in the fridge.

It was developed by the University of Minnesota, and is a good choice for areas with cold winters.

(Photo copyright University of Minnesota).

Zestar!® is a protected variety.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Zestar! apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Zestar!

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 1?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth
    Higher vigor in first few years.?
  • Precocity: Precocious
    On dwarf rootstocks?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Very susceptible?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Green / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Zestar!

Zestar! is in flowering group 1. Zestar! is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Zestar! apple trees

Zestar! is generally an easy variety to grow, but it has an unusually early bloom which can make pollination tricky. Use our pollination checker to find suitable pollination partners or choose an early-flowering crab-apple such as Wickson. It is also one of the first apple varieties to come out of winter dormancy - you will notice the buds starting to swell.

Zestar! should be hardy to zone 4, on suitable cold-hardy rootstocks.

Varieties with similar picking times to Zestar!

< Slightly earlier

About the same time

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Slightly later >

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Historical details

Developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1999.

Zestar!® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Zestar!'




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