Zestar! Apple Tree (Malus x Minnewashta’)

Zestar! Apple Tree

  • Red Apples with Yellow & Green Highlights
  • Creamy Yellow-White Flesh
  • Zesty, Tart, & Sweet Apples
  • Crisp Apple with Crunchy Texture
  • Lots of Juice!
  • Early-Season Ripening
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Cold Hardy Apple
  • Pollinators Galore!
  • Deep-Pink Buds Burst Open into White Blossoms
  • Dolgo, McIntosh, Pink Pearl & Yellow Transparent Pollinator Partners
  • Requires ~800 Chill Hours
  • Full Sun
  • Fresh Eating or Cooked

With the Zestar!® Apple (Malus x ‘Minnewashta’), you do not have to choose between a cooking apple or a fresh-eating apple. This cold-hardy tree offers a large crop of sweet-tart taste and early season harvest!

The Zestar!® Apple ripens between August and early September and comes alive with deep-red bushed apples with honey-yellow highlights. Often with some yellow speckles over the skin, and the side of the apple receiving the most sun has the best red blush!

With hints of brown sugar flavor, crisp texture, and a zesty bite, the Zestar!® Apple is a great go-to apple tree for the home orchard. This stunning apple is as crisp as it is beautiful (unlike many other early-season apples). Great for baking and fresh eating, as well as adding to your savory cooked dishes.

Nice round apples with ample amounts of juice! You will love trying out all the different ways you can prepare your Zestar!® Apples.

Luckily for those wanting to try out as many apple recipes as possible, the Zestar!® Apple has a long shelf life, often staying crisp for over a month unrefrigerated and two months refrigerated and still retain its fantastic flavor and crunch.

How to Use Zestar!® Apple In The Landscape

The spring bloom display and handsome foliage make these fantastic ornamental trees for dual purpose and edible landscaping!

Plant near your garden to help attract beneficial insects and have butterflies and hummingbirds arrive in droves for the early spring nectar resource!

Use a variety of McIntosh, Yellow Transparent, Pink Pearl, Dolgo Crab to pollinate your Zestar!®. You can even snuggle up your two apple trees to save space.

This fun tree also makes a great addition to the backyard where your kids can collect apples and rest beneath the shade on sunny days.

As versatile in the home garden as the Apple orchard, these fruit trees mingle beautifully among orchards of their pollinator apple varieties.

Good-sized trees, Zestar!® trees will have an incredible impact on your landscape and can be pruned smaller if needed. The brilliant display of blooms each spring and the red gems dangling from the branches each fall, and are gorgeous landscape features!

Tips For Care

Provide Zestar!® Apple plenty of sunshine, full sun all day for the most blooms and resulting fruit! Cold hardy down to zone 3 and up to growing zone 7.

Fertile, organically rich soil that is also well-drained, consistent watering throughout the growing season is best to protect your investment.

A thick layer of mulch over the roots keeps them insulated from both heat and cold, while also retaining consistent soil moisture.

Prune your Zestar!® Apple in late winter to remove dead limbs, disease and to keep the canopy open to ward off fungus and pests, while allowing more air circulation and sun into the interior.

Featuring some resistance to Fireblight and Cedar Apple Rust and Mildews, these are best known for their incredible cold hardiness.

The Zestar!® is one zesty, peppy, fun apple tree to grow and enjoy for years! Please your local bees, neighbors, and kids with great-tasting apples that are as striking as they are tasty!

Zestar! Apple Tree (Malus x Minnewashta’) Details

Common name Zestar! Apple Tree
Botanical name Malus x Minnewashta'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3-5 Years
Height 20 - 25 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White