Keepers NurseryThe UK's largest range of Fruit Trees
Tel. 01622 326465


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.  Pollination partners

Empire apple trees for sale

M9 rootstock 1 year Maiden (Dwarfing) £20.50 Sold-out
MM106 rootstock 2 year Espalier (2 Tier) (Semi-vigorous) £55.50 Sold-out

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.

Characteristics of Empire apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Jan
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Special featuresGood for Cider
Pollination date9
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageMcIntosh Red
Red Delicious