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Pollination of Zestar! apple trees

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Your Zestar! apple tree is in flowering group 1. It is self-sterile and needs a pollination partner nearby. The following varieties will pollinate this apple tree. (Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Pollination partner apple varieties in our catalog

  1. Alkmene

    Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor.
    Flowering group: 2Self-fertilePicking: Early-Mid season
  2. Dolgo

    Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.
    Flowering group: 2Self-fertilePicking: Early season
  3. Duchess of Oldenburg

    An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Early season
  4. Egremont Russet

    Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
    Flowering group: 2Partially self-fertilePicking: Late season
  5. Golden Russet

    Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  6. McIntosh

    A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  7. Pink Pearl

    A pink-fleshed apple developed by Californian enthusiast Albert Etter in the 1940s.
    Flowering group: 1Picking:
  8. Porter's Perfection

    Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Very-Late season
  9. Shizuka

    A large sweet-flavored crisp eating apple from Japan.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Mid season
  10. Snow Apple / Fameuse

    A very hardy north country apple, known both as the Snow Apple and Fameuse, and the probable parent of McIntosh.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  11. Wickson Crab

    Wickson crab is a popular crab apple variety which is also useful in cider blends.
    Flowering group: 2Self-sterilePicking: Late season
  12. Yellow Transparent

    A traditional very early-season dual-purpose apple, which is also very winter-hardy.
    Flowering group: 2Partially self-fertilePicking: Early season

Other compatible varieties

We do not sell these varieties but they may be available from other fruit tree nurseries. Use our enquiry form and we will help you find a supplier.

  1. Almata
    A red-fleshed apple variety.
  2. American Summer Pearmain
    An excellent early eating apple, also good for cooking. Medium size, yellow-green fruit is flushed and streaked red to purple red. Sweet, very juicy flesh.
  3. Ariane
    A modern French dessert apple variety, with built-in resistance to scab. Ariane is an attractive red/yellow colour and has a pleasant mild apple flavour.
  4. Bardsey
    Discovered growing on an island off the coast of North Wales, and considered very disease-resistant.
  5. Beauty of Bath
    A popular English garden apple from the Victorian era, one of the first to ripen.
  6. Beeley Pippin
    A relatively unknown English 19th century dessert apple.
  7. Bountiful
    An easy-to-grow cooking apple, retains shape when cooked, fairly sweet for a cooker. Unusually for a cooking apple, it is quite modern - introduced by East Malling Research Station in the 1960s.
  8. Christmas Pearmain
    Nice apple flavour, sweet but with refreshing sharpness, firm rather than crunchy
  9. Clark's Seedling
    An English culinary apple from the 1920s, uncertain origins. Widely known as Royal George.
  10. Davey
    Highly colored, bright red, distinctly flavored, of Baldwin texture and keeping qualities. Good, brisk taste, hint of strawberry flavor, crisp and juicy.
  11. Delprim
    A good quality early-season variety, developed by the Delbard nursery in France, with an interesting pedigree. Deserves to be more widely grown.
  12. Devonshire Quarrenden
    A very old English apple variety, historically important because of its strawberry-like flavour.
  13. Dog's Snout
    A primitive green culinary apple, peculiar to the county of Yorkshire.
  14. Airlie Red Flesh
    A red-fleshed apple variety from the USA, sometimes known as Hidden Rose® or Aerlies Red Flesh.
  15. Akero
    An heirloom apple variety from Sweden, quite widely grown in Scandanavia, very handsome fruit.
  16. Elton Beauty
    An attractive early-season English apple, related to James Grieve.
  17. Golden Spire
    A good quality yellow cooking apple.
  18. Green Balsam
    A 19th century variety grown in a small part of the county of North Yorkshire, and known as "the farmer's wife's apple".
  19. Hazen
    Large round dark red fruit. Greenish yellow, medium firm, juicy, very sweet flesh; mildly subacid flavor. Pleasant for eating, good dessert and cooking apple. Named after both the nearby town of Hazen, and Dean Arlon Hazen, the Director of the North Dakota Experiment Station.
  20. Jonafree
    Medium size, bright red, fully or nearly fully colored. Flavor is Jonathan-like, but less acid. Keeps 10 weeks.
  21. Jonagrimes
    As the name suggests, Jonagrimes is a cross between Jonathan and Grimes Golden.
  22. Kerry Pippin
    Small shiny yellow fruit, sometimes striped red. Crisp, crunchy, hard flesh.
  23. Keswick Codlin
    An old but ever-popular early-season English cooking apple.
  24. Lady Hollendale
    An attractive crimson-striped early-season English apple, originating in East Anglia.
  25. Lady Williams
    An attractive red flushed Australian apple of uncertain parentage, but with excellent keeping qualities.
  26. Lakeland
    Medium sized fruit dark red striped. Flesh is yellow sometimes slightly tinged with red. Fine textured, juicy, and mildly acid. Excellent for pies and sauce. Good all-purpose apple. Good keeper, keeping until December.
  27. Lord Peckover
    An early-season apple, originating from the East Anglia region of England, with an attractive crimson flushed skin.
  28. Mairac
    A modern Swiss apple, derived from Gala and Maigold and released in 2002.
  29. Maltster
    A 19th century dual-purpose variety, with a very modern red-streaked appearance
  30. Merton Charm
    Medium sized flat shaped fruit, rectangular, convex, not ribbed; skin greenish yellow, sometimes with a slight brownish red flush. Flesh tender, crisp, creamy white; flavor sweet subacid.
  31. Merton Russet
    Small. Golden russet colored. Flesh very crisp, deep yellow, and juicy. Complex sweet/spicy flavor.
  32. Milton
    Medium sized, pale yellow covered fruit with deep cherry red flush. Fine grained white flesh. Juicy with sweet hint of raspberry flavors.
  33. Paula Red
    One of the better early season eating apples. Small to medium apple, taste is mild.
  34. Perrine Yellow Transparent
    Tetraploid Yellow Transparent. Very big fruit, otherwise similar to Yellow Transparent.
  35. Quinte
    Firm good quality early eating apple that ships well. Medium size, yellow, flushed red.
  36. Red Windsor
    A red sport of Alkmene, with the same strong Cox-style flavour, but with a distinctly different appearance. Also known as Sweet Lilibet.
  37. Reverend W Wilks
    Good early cooker, and easy to grow.
  38. Rosette
    An early-season pink-fleshed apple variety, similar to Discovery.
  39. Scotch Dumpling
    An early-ripening culinary apple, which cooks to a frothy puree.
  40. Sunrise
    One of the best early apple varieties, ripening in the UK in late August.
  41. Vista Bella
    A very-early season dessert apple.
  42. Huonville Crab
    A red-fleshed apple from Tasmania.
  43. Laura
    A dwarf upright crab apple with bronze leaves and crimson blossom.
  44. Liset
    Malus Liset is a compact ornamental crab apple, with dusky red flowers and small scarlet fruits.
  45. Louisa
    Malus Louisa is a pretty weeping crab apple with light pink blossom.
  46. Malus floribunda
    A species of crab-apple, with pink/white flowers followed by small yellow fruits.
  47. Profusion
    Malus Profusion is a notably compact crab apple variety, with dense clusters of deep pink blossom.
  48. Red Sentinel
    Malus Red Sentinel has classic white apple blossom and a profusion of tiny scarlet fruits.
  49. Roberts Crab
    A large purple-skinned crab-apple, with red flesh.
  50. Pink Pearmain
    This apple obtains a red striped skin when mature, with an upside-down shape. Flesh is a deeper pink tone which varies with climatic changes. Tart and aromatic flavor.
  51. Idared
    Idared is notable for its exceptional keeping qualities. It has a pleasant mild but undistinguished apple flavor.
  52. Irish Peach
    An attractive early season apple, ripening in July / August.
  53. Lord Lambourne
    Popular garden variety, many uses, good balance of sweet and sharp
  54. William's Pride
    Fruit is medium in size and slightly conic in shape with a rich aromatic flavor. Apples are 70-80% red with excellent eating quality.

More advice about pollination

Please note that our whilst our system takes many relevant factors into account, it is certainly not completely accurate

Our article on the pollination of fruit trees gives more details of the factors involved in pollination.

Crab apples

It is worth remembering that many (but not all)crab apple trees make excellent pollinators for almost any apple variety. This is because they produce very large quantities of pollen over a long period and are (with some exceptions) only distantly related to mainstream apple varieties so their pollen is highly compatible.

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