An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
When the good folks at the University of Minnesota named this 1999 release, they practically guaranteed it last place on any alphabetical variety list. Rather than being overlooked though, this high quality, early season apple has gained quite a following. That Minnesota hardiness factor combined with crunchy texture and first-rate flavour (described as 'sweet, but sprightly, with tangy hints of citrus') earn Zestar! a spot in both commercial and home orchards. Considerable disease resistance other than scab. Keeps close to 2 months.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 3 | HARVEST: LATE AUG.