Apple - Empire

Empire Apple

Malus domestica
An attractive, crisp, dark red dessert apple with a sweet but tangy summer fruit flavour.

Origin: USA 1945

Pollination:  Empire is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Empire Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Empire

Raised from a McIntosh X Delicious in USA by R D Way at New York State Agricultural Experimental Station, Geneva, USA in 1945. Introduced in 1966. Grown widely in USA and Canada and imported into the UK. A medium sized round fruit. Smooth-skinned, attractive dark red flush and waxy bloom. Tough skin. Crisp, clean taste, sweet and quite scented. Keeps well and resists bruising. Heavy cropper.

Main characteristics of Empire

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Special features Good for Cider

Pollination date  9
Pollination group  C
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
Pollinators Show suitable pollination partners
Parentage  McIntosh RedRed Delicious