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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.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

Quantity Zestar!® Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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$13.00 ea.

This is the full retail price for orders of 1 scion. You can get these scion for as low as $4.00 each – see Volume Pricing above. More about Pricing & Grading.

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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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.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
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)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: State Fair x MN 1691 (Conell Red x Goodland)
Origin: Minnesota
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm

The Environment

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
Fireblight: Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 1
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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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