What is a common pollinator for honeycrisp and zestar apple trees?

Asked July 24, 2018, 11:02 AM EDT

I have several honeycrisp and zestar apple trees in my yard. They are young trees, but just starting to produce a few apples over the summer. Is there a common apple or crab apple tree that would pollinate both of these varieties? Would a Manchurian crabapple tree work?

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Zestar blooms early
Honeycrisp blooms mid-season

Despite the difference, their bloom periods are likely to overlap enough to ensure cross pollination.

Otherwise, according to the following bulletin, "Manchurian crabapple, with profuse white flowers, is commonly used to pollinate early- to mid-blooming apple varieties, while Snowdrift crabapple is used for mid- to late-blooming apple varieties."

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