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State Fair Apple Tree

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Begins shipping mid-April.

Pollinator required to bear fruit

Begins shipping
early September

Pollinator required to bear fruit

Abundant blooms and early apples for Northern gardeners! 

The State Fair Apple tree is a true winner. Developed by the University of Minnesota in 1978, this cold-hardy apple tree produces large crops of delicious apples in mid-summer. Gardeners rave about the plentiful pink blooms this apple tree produces in the spring. 

State Fair produces medium-sized, beautifully red-striped apples. These all-purpose apples are creamy and juicy with a subacid, aromatic flavor – great for baking. For being a summer-bearing tree, State Fair apples store well. 

This well-rounded tree is very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures of –40F/-40C. With a regular maintenance routine, the State Fair apple tree will be a reliable source of homegrown fruit for your homestead or garden. 


Bloom ColorWhite, Pink
Ripens HarvestSeptember
Fruit ColorRed, Yellow
Fruit SizeMedium
Soil CompositionLoamy
TasteModerately Sweet, Tart
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear3-5
Bloom PeriodEarly
Hardiness Zone Range3-6

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Semi-dwarf, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Semi-Dwarf Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.

Recommended Pollinators: Granny Smith, Red Jonathan, Macoun, SnowSweet, Wolf River, Yellow Transparent

How do I find my Hardiness Zone?

Canada’s Plant Hardiness Zones will tell you which plants will do well in your particular climate. Each zone is determined by the lowest average winter temperature recorded in a given area. Hardiness Zone information is included on all tree and plant product pages, so you know instantly whether a certain plant is likely to succeed where you live. Natural Resources Canada provides helpful options to find your zone:

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