Looking for a juicy, red
apple tree to plant? Try growing State Fair apple trees. Keep reading to
learn how to grow State Fair apples and other State Fair apple facts.
What is a State Fair Apple?
State Fair apple trees are semi-dwarf trees that grow to
about 20 feet (6 m.) in height. This hybrid was first introduced to the market
in 1977. The fruit is a bright red with subtle yellow-green blushing. The all-purpose
apple has a semi-sweet to acidic taste and juicy, yellow flesh.
State Fair blooms with showy clusters of mildly scented pink-blushed
white flowers in mid-spring. The red apples that follow are striped with a
touch of light yellow green. In the fall, the forest-green foliage turns a
golden yellow before dropping.
The tree itself has a fairly rounded habit with a general
clearance of about 4 feet (1.2 m.) from the ground that lends itself well as an
accent tree when combined with courser trees or shrubs.
State Fair Apple Facts
State Fair apples are a cold hardy to -40 F. (-40 C.), all-purpose
apple; however, once harvested, the fruit has a fairly short storage life of
about 2-4 weeks. It is also susceptible to fire
blight and, on occasion, prone to biennial
bearing. State Fair is a medium growing tree that can be expected to live
for 50 years or longer.
State Fair does need a second pollinator for optimal fruit
production. A good choice for a pollinator is a white blossom crabapple
or another apple from flowering group 2 or 3, such as Granny Smith, Dolgo,
Fameuse, Kid’s Orange Red, Pink Pearl or any of the other apples that reside in
these two groups.
How to Grow State Fair Apples
State Fair apples can be grown in USDA zones 5-7. State Fair
needs full sun and average to moist soil that is well-drained. It is fairly
tolerant of soil type, as well as pH, and also does well in areas of urban
Expect to harvest fruit in late August to early September.