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.
We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing.
Very much relished by deer and other small mammals (especially inquisitive children).
Annual pruning needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru the canopy for best colored and flavored apples.
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.
Empire must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.