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Zestar! Apple closeup of red apples hanging on branch
Zestar! Apple closeup of dark green elongated leaf
Zestar! Apple closeup of red apples hanging on branch
Zestar! Apple closeup of dark green elongated leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 12-15' tall
  • Mature Width: 12-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 12-15' apart



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  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Zestar!® Apple Bare Root

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Malus domestica 'Minnewashta' PP11,367

Regular price Sale price $84.60 Regular Price

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Why the Zestar!® Apple Bare Root?

Zestar!® apple, a.k.a. ‘Minnewasheta’, with its sweet red and yellow fruits that ripen in late August, lets you kick off the apple season early. Well before the local growers are stocking the shelves, you’ll be enjoying crisp, juicy, zesty Zestars right off your own tree. This relatively new introduction, from the same folks who brought us the wildly popular Honeycrisp, delivers the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity and adds a unique twist of its own—just a hint of brown sugar flavor. You’ll love Zestar!® fresh with cheese or peanut butter or all by itself, and you’ll also be able to make the first locally sourced apple pie, sauce, or cider of the season when you harvest these precocious beauties.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have grown thousands of fruit trees over a period of many decades in order to come up with a few exemplary selections. Honeycrisp is one standout, and Zestar!® is another. The motivation behind Zestar!® was to create an apple that was not only early ripening, but also firm, crisp, flavorful, and a “keeper.” Early-ripening apples until that time were rather mushy and didn’t store well. The cross that produced Zestar!® was made in 1972. The fruit turned out to be everything you could want in an apple, AND it ripened in August and could be stored for two months—even without refrigeration! After further evaluation, it was finally introduced in 1999.

How to use in the landscape?

Zestar!® will grace your garden with pretty, fragrant Apple blossoms in spring that are pink in bud and open to white. It is among the first Apple Trees to flower in spring and should be paired with another variety of early-blooming Apple such as Braeburn or an early-flowering Crabapple like Louisa to ensure good pollination and fruit set. Zestar!® in turn will pollinate Braeburn or any other Apple Tree that blooms at the same time.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    Mature Height: 12-15' tall

    Mature Width: 12'15' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 12-15' apart

How To Plant

Born and bred in Minnesota, the hardy Zestar!® Apple Tree is a smart choice for homeowners in cold climates. It sails through harsh winters, and with proper care it will set moderately heavy crops of fruit year after year. Site your Zestar!® Apple Tree in a sunny location where air flows freely all around (to discourage the diseases that can afflict Apples). Regular water and fertilizer will help your tree grow strong and sturdy.

How To Water

Water deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established. It is essential to water your apple tree 2-3 times a week, applying the water slowly to go deeper to the root system.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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