Apple - 'Zestar' Apple Tree
Superior cold hardiness combined with large, crunchy, juicy red fruit with a sprightly sweet-tart flavor makes 'Zestar' a must have for northern gardeners. It is an excellent choice for both fresh eating and cooking and would be a beloved treat in a lunchbox or apple pie. It will store for 6 to 8 weeks while still maintaining crunch and flavor. The tree is vigorous, upright and ripens late August to early September. An early season apple that surpasses other varieties with a crisp, juicy texture, and an exciting zesty flavor with a hint of brown sugar!
Hardy in zones 3-7, 'Zestar' will grow to be approximately 12-15 feet tall and wide. Apple trees require full sunlight, and moist, well-drained, mulched soil. Also requires a pollinator, and as an early bloomer needs one of these pollinators: 'Dolgo' and 'McIntosh'; possibly, 'Honeycrisp', 'Jonathon', or 'Wealthy'. Very susceptible to apple scab so plan to treat for this fungus accordingly and watch for signs of infection.