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Zestar Apple

 

State Fair (Mantet x Oriole) x MN 1691
Univ. Minnesota, 1999

 

Grafted 2017 on branch of wild tree Lilli.

 

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"Late Summer. Extremely hardy high-quality mid-late summer dessert apple. Medium-sized blocky round fruit covered with red stripes and blush. Juicy and crisp with a well-balanced acid/sweet flavor. Keeps in cold storage up to seven weeks. Tree has moderately vigorous upright form; excellent horizontal branching habit makes it easy to train and prune. Precocious and annual-bearing. Blooms early season."



2021 - all grafts good, including new one. Cleared out around and tied older ones more horizontal.


2020 - Cut scions February, grafted on 3 nearby branches end May. All took. Heading toward being sw 1/3 of tree. Pruned out some growth around grafts.


2019 - Graft has good growth so cut a piece and direct grafted onto branch nearby. Later discovered it was gone, assume knocked off by bird or squirrel. Original doing fine.


2017 - scion from Marie, Omaha (GF), buds swelling and some green. Graft on a7 popped but died. Graft on sw branch of Lilli 4 buds popped and grew, not real vigorous but OK.



Online Notes: ... Many people like them even more than the Honeycrisp. Crisp, juicy, and sweet with a little tartness. ... (alan) - an outstanding late summer apple.



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