An attractive, highly disease-resistant apple, ideal for organic growers.
Zestar!® Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)
An excellent, early-season, disease-resistant dessert apple. Also known as Minnewashta.
Zestar!® is a low-moderate vigor tree with an upright-spreading habit. It is precocious and reliably productive, cold hardy, and resistant to fireblight, powdery mildew, and scab. Unfortunately it is very susceptible to scab, but this is, in all other respects, a great early-season apple. The bloom time for Zestar!® is very early; care should be taken when selecting a pollenizer.
It is a very pretty, round, rosy red apple. The flesh is juicy and crisp, with a sprightly zest (hence its name) that is sweetened with caramel sugars. It stores well for six-eight weeks, and is firm enough to please most bakers. Zestar!® has an extended harvest time and requires a couple of pickings, making it a great apple for home orchardists.
Zestar!® comes from the prolific breeding program at the University of Minnesota, whose other creations include Haralson, Snowsweet, Sweet 16, and Honeycrisp. It is a cross of State Fair and MN 1691 (Conell Red x Goodland), and it was released in 1999. Zestar!® is a trademark name; the cultivar is called Minnewashta.
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Subcategory: Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream
Parentage: State Fair x MN 1691 (Conell Red x Goodland)
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm
Calendar & Geography
USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Aug 25 (approximate, in New York State) 21 days before McIntosh
Diseases & Pests
Apple Scab: Very Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Bloom group: 1
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Zestar!® Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.
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|Williams' Pride Apple||0|
|Wickson Crab Apple||0|
|White Winter Pearmain Apple||0|
|Virginia Crab Apple||0|
|Somerset Redstreak Apple||0|
|St. Edmund's Russet Apple||0|
|Tremlett's Bitter Apple||0|
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