MALUS domestica 'State Fair'
Plant Common Name
Apple, Eating Apple, State Fair Apple
Bred at the University of Minnesota in Zone 3, ‘State Fair’ is a very hardy cooking and dessert apple with juicy, tart yellow flesh and red skin. The harvest comes in late summer and the fruits should be eaten fresh from the tree and not picked all at once because they are not good keepers in storage. They are good for cooking. This is a semi-dwarf to medium-sized, deciduous tree, susceptible to fire blight, a bacterial disease that often kills young, rapidly growing shoots. This cultivar also has a tendency for biennial bearing (a full crop one year, a meager crop the next). To have good crops year after year, remove one-third of the fruits while they are still small. Plant a different apple nearby for cross-pollination.
Like most domestic apples, ‘State Fair’ grows and fruits best in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Mulch the tree with compost, composted manure, or shredded leaves to enrich the soil, conserve moisture, and encourage the moderate growth that is least susceptible to fire blight. Use it in the yard for its spring bloom and fall fruits, or in a foundation planting. For smaller spaces, it should be grafted to a rootstock that controls its size.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 2
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Southern Asia, Western Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall