Empire Apple

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Empire Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Empire’

Description & Overview

Empire apple was developed by Cornell University in New York and released in 1966. Empire is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Red Delicious’. It retains much of the flavor of McIntosh Apple but has deeper red skin color and much better firmness to the flesh. Extremely popular variety in the state of New York. Excels for fresh eating and cooking.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Growth Form: Tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Well-drained site
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Early-mid May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: Yellow
Urban Approved: Site Specific
Fruit Notes: Small/medium sized fruit.

Suggested Uses:

We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing. Empire is known for producing small/medium sized fruit. Excellent for children’s lunches. Ripens early October in S.E. Wisconsin.

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Wildlife Value:

Very much relished by deer and other small mammals (especially inquisitive children).

Maintenance Tips:

Annual pruning needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru the canopy for best colored and flavored apples. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

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Apples are prone to many insect and disease issues. Preventative spraying or growing fruit in bags (organic) is suggested to obtain a quality fruit crop. Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

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Companion Plants:

Empire Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

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