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State Fair apple tree

Malus domestica 'State Fair'

State Fair
State Fair is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

State Fair is a pretty bright red summer apple, with a juicy firm flesh and sweet/tart flavor.

Unusually for a summer variety, the apples can be stored for several weeks in a fridge without loss of flavor. 

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    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
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How to grow

State Fair is exceptionally cold-hardy and a good choice for northern states, but is susceptible to fireblight.

State Fair is also prone to biennial-bearing - so if you notice a heavy fruitset at the end of May be sure to thin the fruitlets aggressively.


Advice on fruit tree pollination.


State Fair was developed by the University of Minnesota, and is a cross of two cold-hardy apple varieties, Mantet and Oriole. It was released in 1977.

State Fair characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Chill requirementHigh-chill
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorRed