Zestar! apple trees

Zestar!
  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 1

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.

Zestar! apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Zestar! apple trees bare-root
G.30, G.935 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Zestar! apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
$29.00

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*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Historical details

Developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1999.

Zestar! characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 1
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very susceptible

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Green / Red